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UMBRELLAS

SHIRLEY_MULVENA | Posted in The Archives on

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MAKING OUTDOOR UMBRELLAS-
HAS ANYONE SEEN A PATTERN OR ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A PATIO UMBRELLA. WOULD YOU KNOW A SOURCE FOR THE MATERIAL.
THANKS

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  1. ruth_uitto | | #1

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    I have never covered an umbrella. Fabric could
    be available from Seattle Fabrics. 8702 Aurora Ave N. Seattle WA 98103

    1. firefly | | #2

      *I have covered a parasol--so the material would be different, but it wasn't very difficult. I just traced the triangles between spacers, then added a seam allowance and sewed it together. As for fabric for a patio umbrella, I would look at some of the chinzes in home dec departments of fabric stores (more frequently used for curtains). Then you can make seat cushions to match! Just don't leave it out in the rain (most of those umbrellas are mainly meant as sun shades).

      1. Victoria_Miesle | | #3

        *I actually have a pattern for umbrellas(can't remember how I came to have it). It's called 'A shady Idea Has Ya Covered', by Sherry Folks, P.O. Box 576334, Modesto, CA 95357-6334. As far as fabric goes, you can find fade resistant, water proof canvas from http://fabricwarehouse.com/sunbrella/sunbrella.html Hope this helps.

        1. sewingshed | | #4

          I am looking for a pattern to make an umbrella.  I am looking for the frame and the pattern.  Can you help?

           

          Please email me at:  [email protected]

           

          Thank you!

          1. msm | | #5

            i made a new canvas cover for our large wooden patio umbrella last summer; no need to cut separate triangles and do all that seaming!
            i just seamed 2 lengths of the canvas together, to create the needed width. draping this onto the open frame, i then measured the diameter i'd need for the circle and cut it with added hem allowance. next step was sewing 8 small rectangular pockets at even intervals around the edge (for the spokes to stick into), then folding the hem over twice and sewing down. voila. the one seam down the center is hidden by the spokes, so it is not apparent that there are no other seams. it's great not dealing with all that bias- it's a very easy project. no pattern needed as long as you have the frame. at this time of year (early autumn) you may find good deals on lawn furniture on clearance (and the color of the cover doesn't matter since you'll be makng your own).this year it was aqua. next summer i want to make one in khaki, and also vent the top-- you cut and hem a small hole at the top (6" to 10" diameter), and then tack a slightly larger circle of same fabric over that.

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