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Recycled Umbrella Skirt

By: Tiffany Threadgould for RePlayGround

Try Tiffany Threadgould's simple sewing project for a Recycled Umbrella Skirt and you'll never be caught in the same outfit as a friend. This creative recycling craft is good for the environment and for your wardrobe. Plus you'll be set if caught in a storm!

Recycled Umbrella Skirt


  • fabric from a broken umbrella
  • zipper, elastic, or drawstring
  • clasp (optional)
  • safety pin (optional)


  1. Separate the umbrella panels from each other, leaving the sewn edge of the perimeter intact. (It will become the hem later.)
  2. Lay out the panels, alternating them like in the illustration. The number of panels you use will depend on the size of the umbrella and your waist or hip size. We've supplied patterns for both a full, umbrella-like skirt and a straighter, A-line look. Full skirt: For zippered skirts, match the width of the panels to the size of your waistline. If you're using elastic or drawstring, make sure there's extra length in the waist for gathering. Straight skirt: Width of panels should match the size of your hipline. When it's time to finish the waist, add a zipper and darts, or use elastic or drawstring to fit.
  3. Trim off the excess fabric and set trimmings aside for Step 5. Pin panels together and sew (see illustration for where to sew). Leave two 4-inch slits in the straight skirt panels (from bottom hem up) for walking room.
  4. Complete the loop by pinning and sewing the open ends of the panel together. For a zippered waist, pin and sew in at the opening; then sew remaining portion of pinned panels together. The zipper gets sewn in where these two panels connect. Any open fabric left under zipper should be sewn together.
  5. Take some of the trimming left from Step 3 and make it into a 2-inch-wide strip to cover the waistline of the skirt.
  6. Fold the 2-inch strip in half and iron on the lowest setting. Pin along the top of the skirt and sew in place. If using a zipper, start and finish at the zipper.
  7. Finish an elastic or drawstring skirt by threading the material through the 2-inch strip. An easy way to do this is to attach a safety pin to the end you're pushing through the waistline. To finish a zippered skirt, attach clasp at opening.

Recycled Umbrella Skirt

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I thought you'd get a chuckle from seeing the "jacket" I made a couple of years ago for my cat, from a broken patio umbrella.

I used an old umbrella to make a hunting hat for my husband. I knitted the helmet (thats what its called) then hand sewed the umbrella around it. Then knitted another helmet...He said it keeps him very warm & water resistant. Why anyone would want to climb a tree at 4:30am has to be a little crazy right?


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