Picture of Changing Mat from broken umbrellas

After getting in my way constantly I nearly discarded these broken umbrellas. I've been hanging on to them trying to figure out what to do with them. Inspiration to make this changing mat hit me while working on a diaper bag that my cousin requested of me. I've never used a diaper changing mat and wasn't quite sure what one looked like, so the design is unique.

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Step 1: Tools and materials

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- One or two umbrellas (depending on the size of your mat and umbrellas)
- A towel
- Decorative material
- Rope


-  Sharp and pointed knife (X-acto type)
-  Scissor
-  Sewing machine
-  Yard stick

A note on material choices.

Consider using a shower curtain liner if you do not have an umbrella.

Your umbrella is probably plain nylon. Plain nylon will be water repellent but not water proof. If you let something sit on the surface long enough it will soak through. To have something waterproof you will need silnylon or a polyurethane coated nylon.

Step 2: Disassemble the umbrella(s)

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This is a fairly simple process. Most umbrellas are stitched fast to the hardware. Use a sharp pointed knife to cut the stitching that attaches the material to the frame. The very top of the umbrella will most likely unscrew.

Well, I found a use for the material; what shall I do with the hardware now?

foobear1 year ago

I love how you used old umbrellas. So cool! Good source of waterproof fabric that you wouldn't ordinarily think of. gives me ideas - thanks

Todd Gehris (author)  foobear1 year ago

I was searching online and I guess some umbrellas are made using waterproof fabric. The ones I had were pretty cheap and looked like nylon to me. One was a freebie with a company logo on it. A lot of them are made from polyester too.

Todd Gehris (author)  foobear1 year ago

I try not to buy things. :) Be careful of the application. Umbrellas are just nylon, not silnylon. They are water resistant but not water proof. It will wick away water but if left on long enough can soak through. I did see a tutorial online where a person used baby oil(I think) and silicon caulking to make his own silnylon.