For those of you who don't know, "upcycling" is kind of like recycling- you have this thing that, instead of throwing it away, you reuse it in a creative way. I tend to do this a lot, especially with broken stuff.
The other day, I went to class and found a broken black umbrella. It was black with a metal spike on the end and a smooth black curve handle. It was so classy looking, but just needed a little love. Rather than letting someone throw the poor fellow away, I took it home.
One of the wires needed some fixing, and that was it. It was perfectly fine! The black fabric part of the umbrella (the part that covers your head) was perfectly fine, no holes or tears, nothing! I was so excited.
Given the umbrellas classic shape, I immediately decided it needed to become a parasol! I've always wanted a parasol, but they're so freggin' expensive! Rather than fork out $50+ for a pretty parasol, I made this sucker myself.
It's a circle skirt! Yup, all that delightful fabric layed directly over onto my umbrella is a black frothy circle skirt that I bought a long time ago and never used.
I opened my umbrella and put the skirt directly over the umbrella. I tugged it over the whole thing so it just kind of laid over the umbrella and started pinning where I wanted it to go. After I did that, I cut off the waistband of the skirt and gathered it around the metal spike, then put a rubberband over it to hold it into place while I sewed it down around the spike.
After that was tacked down, I sewed down the rest of the skirt to my umbrella and added fun little thing-a-mah-bobs (the sash, the ribbons, the bows, etc) and voila! This thing was finished in no time.
I took more photos like the first photo on top of this post when I went to the beach with my family. It was my parasols maiden voyage, so I wanted to properly document it. My next post will be an image heavy post of that trip, hope you like it! <3!