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.
Step 1: Tools and materials
- One or two umbrellas (depending on the size of your mat and umbrellas)
- A towel
- Decorative material
- Sharp and pointed knife (X-acto type)
- 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)
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?