Saturday, July 12, 2014

How to Make a Summer Parasol



how to make a vintage style parasol from an old umbrella via va-voom vintage



Summer is in full swing and we've been taking advantage of the beautiful sunny days by getting out and about. Although I do slather on the sunblock, it's nice to have some portable shade as well. Today we'll make a retro styled parasol using a thrift store kids umbrella. This is a pretty simple project that you can do in an afternoon.


how to make a vintage style parasol from an old umbrella via va-voom vintage

how to make a vintage style parasol from an old umbrella via va-voom vintage


I always see old umbrellas at the thrift stores for a buck or two and as long as they have a functioning frame and decently pretty handle, I pick them up! I used a kids sized umbrella found for 99 cents for this little summer parasol


If your umbrella has a removable cap, pop that puppy off. If, like mine, it doesn't come off, that's okay too!

snip the threads on the umbrella cover, removing it from the frame. Also pop the caps off of the ends of the spokes and set them in a safe spot. Since my cap wouldn't pop off, I snipped it closely to the cap and pulled it off that way.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

bust out the trusty seam ripper and rip the seams of one of the panels to make your pattern. Add seam allowance to your pattern. I added the usual 5/8 inch on all sides

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


My umbrella cover had 6 sides so I cut out 6 new sections of fabric.  Using two sections, pin wrong sides together at side seam. Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Press edges flat (do not open the seam) and trim close to seam

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


fold the fabric along the new seam with wrong sides out, with the raw edge on the inside of the fold

press and sew. I aligned the edge of the fold with the edge of my presser foot.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Repeat this for all sides,being careful to keep right and wrong sides of fabric in mind. I got over-confident in my sewing and ended up with my french seam on the outside! *oops*

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella






how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella



hem one raw edge and pin the raw edge to the right side of the first section of your umbrella cover

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


sew this seam the same as the others, keeping the umbrella closure strap on the outside of the umbrella cover. Phew! Almost done!!

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Next, set your machine to a long stitch and sew two parallel rows of stitching around the center hole. This will make gathers around the cap.

Fold the hem of the parasol cover under 1/4 inch and press. Fold over another 1/4 inch, press and sew. As you sew, clip the corners to form a nice, flat corner

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


If you have any ruffles, piping, pom poms or other trim to add along the edge of your umbrella, go crazy! I used some yellow eyelet lace from my stash. When that's finished, open the frame and slide the cover on. Pull those threads around the center to form gathers tightly around the center cap.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


You can stick the spokes into your hem to keep everything in place while you re-attach the caps.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella



Sew the caps back on and make sure to do a good job getting several tight stitches to keep it all in place.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella


Also do a few stitches near the middle of each spoke to keep it well secured to the frame.


If your center cap was able to be popped off, re-attach it and use a few strategic stitches to pull in any loose fabric. If your cap couldn't be popped off like mine, Cut a scrap of your trim and gather it up around the cap, pulling in edges of fabric with your stitches as you go.


Finish the parasol by attaching a closure of your choice to the strap. I used velcro and a decorative vintage button from my stash.

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

 You can use snaps, buttons or Velcro. Since my strap was longer than intended, I also sewed a pretty pleat detail into the strap. 

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella

how to make a vintage style pin up parasol summer umbrella



 This  would be really cute to make a matching parasol and sun dress, add ruffles, vintage lace, pom poms or use thrift store lace table clothes or curtain panels. Next time, I may use one of my old faded vintage table clothes with a border print!




7 comments:

  1. so very cute! i love that dress as well.

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  2. What a great idea! I absolutely love this and can see already that I would want to make more than one, not to mention that my little girls will want their own, too.
    And I really love your dress, too. Yellow is my favorite color and it goes so well with your hair.
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Sarah

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  3. GREAT tutorial! I'll be passing this along! Did you ever think of getting a vintage machine (that will last FOREVER!) to do your vintage sewing with? Love all your ideas. Keep up the great work!!! :D

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  4. This is so useful and adorable, great post :)

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  5. Adorable. Love the sunny colours - and the idea of matching dress and parasol^^

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  6. How fantastic! Now I want to drop the project I'm working on and make one of these instead. :D

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