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Umbrella Recovery Project
By: Jessica for Me Sew Crazy
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April showers may bring spring flowers, but until then you'll need an umbrella. With the Umbrella Recovery Project you can take a rainy day accessory and turn it into a bright and lively craft. For a spring craft idea, this one by Jessica Gerblick is truly useful and fun.
Let’s Get Sewing:
With right sides together, lay 2 fabric triangles on top of each other, matching raw edges. Sew along one side edge. See Photo:
Press open all seams.
On the outer seam of the umbrella circle, fold under ½” towards the wrong side and Press. Sew around edge.
For the small center circle, if you have an opening like I do (sewing skills not awesome enough to completely close up that little baby), sew a band of gathering stitches round the small circle and pull until closed.
Take your 2” piece of circle interfacing, and interface the inner umbrella circle fabric (on the wrong side of the fabric). See Photo:
Cut (2) 8” x 1.5” piece of fabric on the bias. See Photo:
Taking one piece of the velcro - the soft piece, sew on 1 side of the closure band. See Photo:
Approximately 5” from the bottom of the outer circle umbrella fabric, attach the closure band to the umbrella - on one side only. Be sure to secure this with a few rows of stitches. See Photo:
Repeat for all 8 sides.
Once the ends are all secure, we are going to secure down the seams in 2 places on each umbrella arm to the skeleton, with just a few quick hand stitches. This should help eliminate the umbrella from letting the wind getting under it and flipping it up...hopefully! Lol. See Photo:
And voila, you now have your beautiful new umbrella!
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