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Topic: ex-umbrella bag: folds up tiny, weighs nothing, holds a ton  (Read 15265 times)
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« on: February 07, 2010 03:53:33 PM »

I have a great little nylon bag that folds up tiny, weighs nothing and holds a ton, so I always have it in my bag. I wanted another, but didn't want to pay the $$ and wondered about buying fabric.

Then, after a rainstorm, I saw an abandoned broken umbrella. BINGO!

Here's what I did:

1) I liberated the nylon from the frame and cut the resulting circle in half. I made two cuts as indicated in the pic on each half - the top of the pic shows the resulting shape. Remove the velcro tab and save it for later.

2) I sewed the two halves together.

3) I made it rectangular by tucking in the sides at the top, and, after turning it inside out, poking the bottom corners in and tacking them in place. (I used safety pins until I was sure it was where I wanted them)

(tuck in top corners)
(tack in bottom corners)
(bottom corners from the outside)

4) Cut a shallow scoop out of the top (fold in half so you get it roughly symmetrical)

5) lengthen straps with material cut out in step one.

6) Sew the velcro tab on the bottom - you'll use this to hold the bag closed when it's rolled up.

7) Hem, zigzag stitch or (easy, lazy - like me) use bias tape to bind the raw edges.

8) Decorate at will. This is SUPPOSED to be a burning, upside down car, but I've been told it looks like a flaming alien teddy bear. Either way is good. :)

9) To fold up, fold in quarters or thirds lengthwise and roll up starting with handles - it's not fiddly. Then use the velcro tab from the umbrella to hold it rolled up.

10) Done! Toss in your purse or bag and go. Optional: if you're at all like me, curse yourself for all those awesome broken umbrellas you've thrown away in the past.

« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010 04:04:22 PM »

Great idea. Love that it folds up so small.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010 04:06:29 PM »

Awesome!! the amoutn of times i saw broken umbrellas, sometimes in some awesome designs.. Keeping my eye peeled and this page fav'ed..

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010 12:38:40 AM »

this is perfect for impulsive shopping. very creative!

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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010 03:33:10 AM »

genious! I love shopping bags that are sturdy but take little place when they are folded! I'll steal your idea to make one for sure!
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010 04:27:36 AM »

This is brilliant! I got one of these roll up bags as a present and was wondering where I could get some more but now I'm just wishing for a really rainy, windy day...
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010 06:48:55 AM »

I will never throw away a broken umbrella again...this is so awesome...I absolutely love that you recycled an umbrella...and that it will fit in a tote bag or purse easily...great idea and truly a green idea carried out so well!

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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010 08:22:19 AM »

What an awesome idea!  Before I looked I was wondering how you got a huge bag that umbrellas came in, then .. doh! read it wrong hehe.  I love what you did and the design is super cute.


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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010 11:08:30 AM »

what a great idea for a broken umbrella - I love it!!!!  Grin

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