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« on: January 17, 2010 04:43:21 PM »

Sooooo I found an article on how to recover an umbrella....and I had this great 1970's fabric my grandma had given me that I knew would be perfect!

The pictures dont do it full justice, It is so much more bright and vibrant in person!

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010 05:01:12 PM »

Most likely the prettiest umbrella I've ever seen. Great job-it looks freaking storebought! Amazing
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010 05:10:28 PM »

That fabric looks like it was made to be an umbrella! And having re-covered a few umbrellas and parasols over the years, I think I'm qualified to say you've done a beautiful job of it. It's one of those very simple jobs that's remarkably difficult to do well. Congratulations!


« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010 05:15:53 PM »

thanks! it was an interesting project to undertake but I'm so happy with the result! not sure I'll attempt another one though!

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010 06:55:15 PM »

Oh that is soo pretty! I have this umbrella that I got as a freebe, just basic black with some company logo on it, I was thinking about recovered it a few days ago but was worried that it would be too hard, was this difficult to do?

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010 07:04:39 PM »

Wowzers, that's gorgeous!!  Did you have to spray it with a waterproofing type of spray (do they even HAVE something like that??)?

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010 07:16:03 PM »

Amazingly awesome!!!  Pat yourself on the back...you deserve it!
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010 07:21:51 PM »

its not terribly difficult. just take apart the old ones cover and use it as a pattern. the hard part for me was streching the new cover over the frame and attaching it. it took a bit of patience.

it has no waterproofing on it. the instructions reccommended using umbrella fabric or similar. the fabric I used is crepe. it really doesn't rain too hard here, when it does rain, so I haven't had a problem with leaks.

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2010 08:29:24 PM »

That looks fantastic! And, you did a great job matching the print- at first glance, I didn't even realize you had made it in sections. So, it looks like I could be hitting the dollar store or local Job Lot store for some cheap-o umbrellas to make more snazzy. I would have to waterproof them around here, however Wink

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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010 02:26:53 AM »

The fabric looks amazing, great job!


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