Turn a Broken Umbrella into a DIY Waterproof Tote Bag

Rainy seasons can last for more than 3 months in some parts of the world. As if the wetness itself is not enough, sometimes strong wind can actually worsen it up where it will leave our umbrellas fragile and broken. In this kind of season, you will often see broken umbrellas being thrown away in trash cans or even on the roadsides. If your umbrella is broken and you do not want to buy a new one, you do not need to throw it away because fixing a broken umbrella is relatively easy. If the little rivets which hold the stretchers together got damaged, you can always fix the stretcher with some wires, a pair of scissors and a strong sailing knot.

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Nevertheless, if your umbrella is beyond any possibility of repair, you can still turn it into something useful. There are more than 30 ways in which you can reuse and recycle your umbrella which include turning it into a skirt, a purse, a grocery bag, a pillow, a piece of home decor or art decoration, a magazine rack and a chandelier. You can even donate it to a designer which turns broken umbrellas into dog rain coats or winter coats as well as modern day babushkas. Having mentioned this, one of the greatest features of an umbrella regardless of it working well or being broken would be its waterproof ability. Created to keep people dry from the falling raindrops, a broken umbrella can also be turned into a waterproof bag by a few simple steps.

The first thing that you will need to do for turning a broken umbrella into a waterproof bag would be preparing the project materials. The materials consist of the broken umbrella’s fabric, an iron, a pair of scissors, a sewing machine, a smooth surface to cut on as well as another bag which will be used as a template. To obtain the umbrella’s fabric you need to carefully remove the fabric from its metal frame. After that, you will need to remove the little velco strap that you usually use for closing your umbrella after it is done being used. You can do this with the help of your scissors.

Moving on to the next set of steps, you probably will need to grab another bag which you want to use as a template. Once you have retrieved it, put it underneath your umbrella fabric and then fold the umbrella fabric in half to match the template bag’s height. Subsequently, you will have to fold the umbrella fabric’s sides to make a somewhat rectangular shape which matches your template bag exactly (length and height). After the folding process is done, get your iron and start ironing the creases. Once the creased lines have formed, sew it down and then cut the extra fabrics off. It will be recommended for you to have it stitched zigzag or to add a second line of stitching along its edges to make the stitch stronger. This will be especially useful if you plan to use your bag to carry heavy stuffs, such as your school books.

Now your waterproof bag should look like a normal bag, however without the necessary straps. To make the straps, take the extra fabrics which you cut off after the ironing process and sew it in the shape of two long rectangles. Stitch these long rectangles on top of the bag and voila, your umbrella-turned-into-a-bag project will be done. As for the velcro strap that you have put aside earlier, it will be useful to roll up your bag neatly into a smaller tidy package for you to carry everywhere.

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