Introduction: FROM UMBRELLA TO SWIMMING SHORTS

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The Netherlands are famous for Tulips, Stroopwafels, mills, but also for the rainy weather!

Dutch people don't seems that worried though and walking on the streets you suddenly see a popping out of colourful umbrellas.

Certainly for an Italian spirit like me at the beginning was a bit of a shock but It didn't take very long for me to realised the potential of it.

During these tutorial I will guide you throw the realisation of a swimming short starting from a broken umbrella.

Step 1: FIND a BROKEN UMBRELLA

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As I said in the Netherlands it Is pretty easy to find umbrellas on the floor but I'm sure it is possible quite everywhere, consider that:

- every umbrellas are good for these (may be not the transparent one).

- from each umbrella you can make 1 swimming short!

- choosing the right umbrella means choosing the pattern of your future swimming shorts.

So let's get started!!

Step 2: CLEANING

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Remove all the metallic components and wash the fabric

Step 3: PATTERN MAKING

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There are many ways to make a pattern.

My suggestion is to take same an old shorts that still fits you in size and mark the outline as template.

below a valid example:

- https://www.instructables.com/id/shorts/

Step 4: LAYOUT

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- Divide the octagon in the middle in order to work on the right and Left side of your shorts separately.

- position the pattern on the fabric according to the drawing you want to obtain (I made a sketch first just to have an idea)

- mark the outline of the pattern and start cutting.

And don't worry umbrella's fabric don't frays!

Step 5: SEW

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After created all the pieces we start sewing them together.

We join in a chronological way the front, the back and just after the inseam.

But before sewing the side we have to make the pockets!

Step 6: POCKET

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Once again we are going to cut out the pattern of a pocket from the left over of the umbrella.

- remember to integrate the velcro closure typical of the umbrella, it will be useful to wrap your swimming shorts after!

Step 7: STRING

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I really wanted to use only components taken from the umbrella but I didn't make it for the string.
From the moment I break in the rule I allowed you, than, to use an elastic band if you prefer!

Step 8: Enjoy!

the aim of project is to recycled old and broken umbrella to create new objects taking advantage of the main proprieties. I have sewed this pair of swimming shorts using the waterproof fabric of just one umbrella. the result is a light, funny, coloured and quickly drying shorts.

Comments

MisterM (author)2017-08-03

Hey congrats! Going to be walking the streets looking for abandoned umbrellas now.

OrnellaS3 (author)2017-07-31

Very good idea! I made it with a light blue umbrella. It wasn't so nice as yours, but...

38ren (author)2017-07-02

Creative and colorful :)

giorgio gasco (author)38ren2017-07-05

thanks!

buddywon (author)2017-07-02

I had never thought to put a pattern vertically on a door or wall either. Great tip. Save my back!!

giorgio gasco (author)buddywon2017-07-05

;)

doing2much (author)2017-07-02

Very cool - and resourceful! You got my vote, too :)

giorgio gasco (author)doing2much2017-07-05

thanks!!!

kekova25 (author)2017-07-04

This is brilliant. I live in Brussels, the city of abandoned broken umbrellas! I actually kept one at home waiting for inspiration to do something with it, but it's transparent so it won't be a good bathing suit LOL.

You got my vote! (I'm new to this, what do you get if people vote for you?)

giorgio gasco (author)kekova252017-07-05

The transparent version is the future!

Thanks a lot for your vote and I suggest you to try to apply as well to some contest.

For each contest there are numerous important prices; take a look under the voice 'prizes' (top left) or at the bottom of the page.

buddywon (author)2017-07-02

brilliant. I have an old sentimental brolly and had never thought to repurpose it. I have now a project. Thank you. M

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-07-02

Clever way to reuse materials. You've got my vote.

Thanks a lot Jason!

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