This weekend my son pressure washed my deck and I am getting the itch to get my plants outside and do some digging in the dirt. I have a little “sitting room” on my deck and always have an umbrella out there to keep the spot cool and shady. This is what my umbrella looked like this spring!
I bought this umbrella for $2 at an auction last spring. My previous umbrella had been the victim of high winds, so I found this one cheap…I disliked like the green but at that price, I could live with it! So…anyway it sat out all winter and the fabric was falling apart, but the frame is still great! I thought it might be worth replacing the fabric, but I couldn’t decide what kind of fabric to use. I priced fabric and found it would take too many yards to make this a reasonably priced redo.
Well, I was at Home Depot and saw a drop cloth! I don’t know why I had not thought of a drop cloth before. I cut apart the old umbrella and used it as a pattern to make the new one. I measured, cut and sewed. I even brought the umbrella base in because it was raining and I wanted to work on it at night. The first time I sewed it all together, I realized it was too loose at the top, so…off it came and I drug it back to the sewing machine and adjusted the top portion.
Much better! I was satisfied! Now I wanted it to be waterproof, so I used two cans of Scotchguard fabric protector to waterproof the fabric.
So yep, I spent the weekend with a patio umbrella open in my living room! Just keeping it real…
This whole project cost me $21 for the 9 X 12 drop cloth and the Scotchguard was $7 for the two cans. Everything else I had. I used quilting thread for the seams and serged every seam. Hopefully it will hold up to the weather and sunshine!
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