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« on: June 06, 2009 10:27:52 AM »

Just wondering if anyone ever attempted to replace the fabric on the umbrella. I think I can do it but wonder how difficult it would be ? Any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009 08:12:55 PM »

I was wondering if you ever got clarity on this project. I haven't done anything quite like an umbrella, but I've done a few sofas and chairs. I always use the old fabric as my pattern for the new covering. In your case, I'd suggest taking lots of pictures or even video as you're undoing the old umbrella. I would think it'd be a pretty straightforward job, so long as you document what you need to do and where Wink Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2011 05:50:00 AM »

I have just taken off fronds from my sago palm and would like to cover one of my outdoor umbrella w/ the fronds.  Any suggestions
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011 12:18:23 PM »

The answer to both the umbrella and the fronds is cable ties!

Umbrella: find the centre of your fabric and cut a small circle. Fold the edges over and stitch down , leave a  small hole to slide in a cable tie. Put the fabric on over the umbrella to see where to cut the fabric. Mark it,  then remove the fabric to cut, then sew the edges to keep from fraying. Put the cover back on the umbrella, feed the cable tie through the centre hole's sewn "tunnel"
Tighten the cable tie. Then sew the outer edges to the umbrella "tines" sometimes there's a hole in the metal "tines" to attach it to. If not, you can use a cable tie here too.

Attach your palm fronds by poking small holes in the fabric to feed the cable ties through and tighten them.

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012 04:49:44 PM »

I had planned on replacing the fabric on my umbrella but I liked the crazy pattern on the interior (not the scary brown exterior) and what I ended up doing was using vinyl spray paint and painting it a crisp white.  Which worked for me since the rest of the yard is fulll of color...is that a possibility for you?

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2012 05:21:20 AM »

No, I haven't tried yet. Better you change the umbrella only instead of changing umbrella fabric.

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