So...I decided to make a bag out of it.
The bag can be folded into a compact size and is waterproof because it was an umbrella.
You will need:
- broken umbrella (you must be able to detach the material from the frame of the umbrella)
-sewing machine, or needle and thread...but it'll take really long
-marker/something to mark the fabric with
I advise you to read all the steps before attempting to make this, as you may have questions you would like to ask me.
Step 1: Obtain the Fabric
Lay the fabric on the floor.
Step 2: Mark and Cut the Pieces
-Fold the hexagon in half
-Cut off the sides
-Put aside the rectangle piece you have just created
-Take the two triangles left over, and cut two narrow strips [they don't have to be straight]
-The two strips will be the handles of the bag, while the rectangle will be the actual bag
Step 3: Sewing
ALL THIS PART IS SEWN INSIDE OUT [once you are done, you flip the bag out again]
-Sew the bottom of the bag - yes it will already be closed, but sew it again to create a more soft, rounded look
-Sew the sides of your bag
-Fold the top edges down to inside of the bag, and sew [REFER TO PIC 8]
-Sew the corners of the bottom of the bag - this will give the bag rounder corners instead of sharp ones [REFER TO PIC 3]
FLIP THE BAG BACK OUT
-Fold the sides of the strap so that you have a straight edge [REFER TO PIC 4&5]
-Sew the straps [REFER TO PIC 6&7]
Attaching the straps
-Position the straps you would like it to be on the bag - they should hang nicely in a good position on your shoulders after you are done
-Sew the straps on to the bag [REFER to PIC 8]
-Snip off excess strap, make sure you aren't cutting your strap in half :( [REFER TO PIC 9]
Step 4: Carrier and FINISH!
I also used the Velcro strap I saved earlier to tie everything. My umbrella also had a plastic cell phone strap, and saved that as well.
[REFER TO PICTURES BELOW]
You are done! From a broken umbrella to a reusable bag in four simple steps!