2017 started with heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. As it is raining, our umbrellas are held above our heads, keeping us dry. However, there are strong winds that test our umbrella’s reliability. The wind is able to disfigure our umbrellas so it is turned inside out and is shaped like a bowl on the handle.During the time it takes to push the canopy back into place, the rain is able to soak your hair and clothes. By following these steps, you can innovate your umbrella. With the Sturdier Umbrella, you can keep your hands warm and guarantee a drier experience.
Step 1: Gather and Prepare Your Materials
Here is a list of materials you will need:
- 1 Umbrella
- 1 Pair of Gloves
- 1 Drawstring Bag (Alternative: any form of sturdy thread such as a lanyard or the handles of a reusable bag)
- 1 Hot Glue Gun with glue gun sticks (Alternative: needle and thread)
- 2 Binder Clips
- Hook and Loop Velcro Strips
- 1 Pair of Scissors
- 1 Measuring Tape
- 2 Paper Clips or Hair Pins
Keep In Mind Before Starting:
- Make sure the binder clips are the same size.
- If you are going to use a hot glue gun, then give it time to warm up before using it.
- If you are going to sew, then use a thread that is the same color as the drawstring bag or the umbrella for a seamless look.
Step 2: Determine Places
For this project, I used an umbrella I rarely use because its canopy is easily turned inside out by the wind. You want to start by opening up the umbrella. Now, measure across its diameter to determine where your attachments will be place. Paper clips or hair pins can be used as indicators for these spots.
Step 3: Cut the String
You can put the umbrella to the side and start on the actual attachments. Find a drawstring bag or reusable bag of fabric. For example, I am used a drawstring backpack from an expo I attended. You can remove the string from the backpack by cutting its seam. Now, cut the string so it is the same length as the distance from the indicator you previously place and where you would hold the umbrella. In this case, I used 2 pieces of 40 inch string that will be folded down the middle.
Step 4: Create the Canopy Flaps for the Clips
On the side of the drawstring backpack there are flaps of the same material as the backpack. Cut both of the flaps off. Afterwards, using the hot glue gun or needle and thread, create a seam. Now, go back to the umbrella. Cut two pieces of one inch Velcro for both the loop side and the hook side. You should have four pieces cut in total. Place one piece of Velcro on both sides of the umbrella's canopy, where you put the indicators. Place another piece of Velcro on the flaps you just glued/sewed.
Step 5: Loop the String Through the Clips
Hook the binder clips through the flaps on the umbrella's canopy and secure them close. Next, put one side of the string through the hole of the binder clips and tie the ends in a tight knot.
Step 6: The Gloves
Open the gloves so the thumbs are pointing to the outer sides. Cut a 1 1/2 in. piece of Velcro for each palm of the glove. Surround the ends of the strings with Velcro. To get the final product, simply stick the string to the glove