How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

So funny story...

A couple of weeks ago I was awoken at about 1am by a loud banging noise outside my bedroom. The wind was blowing so I put on my hot pink, fluffy robe and went outside to see what it was.

Once I got out there I realized that I had forgotten to close up my patio umbrella and it was nowhere to be seen😲 The wind had picked it up and it flew away.

I stood there for a minute, my mind fogged by sleep, trying to figure out what to do... it must have gone over the fence into the neighbor's yard I thought. I can't see in their yard but where else could it have gone?

Just as I turned around, I tilted my head up toward the sky saying "why, why??" and I saw it... it was on the roof!!

Again, I stood there trying to make a decision... do I just leave it? No, that's not a good idea, what if the wind picks it up again and it goes through someone's windshield? I'll have to pay for that!

So, I stomped off to get my extension ladder and I crawled up on the roof... the wind blowing up my hot pink, fluffy robe.

The next morning I inspected it and sure enough, it was broken since it's made of wood.

I just happened to have a metal umbrella frame with no fabric on it. It was a freebie I picked up a couple years ago with the intentions of using it in my space at the antique mall with a lace tablecloth. I no longer have my spaces at the antique mall and I had every intention of getting rid of it but just kept forgetting.

I'm glad I didn't get rid of it after all because I decided to DIY my own boho patio umbrella cover!

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover


How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

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Here is my old (now broken) patio umbrella, it's kind of boring anyway so I'm not too heartbroken.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

I decided to use three vintage sheets and a vintage chenille bedspread that I had to create my new umbrella.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

Here is the metal umbrella frame that I had. I cleaned it up and was happy to learn that the crank still works!

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

The old umbrella was slightly smaller than the new one but I was still able to use the fabric for a basic pattern to cut my new pieces.

It consists of 6 triangles of fabric and then a little round top piece.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

I decided to remove these little pockets from the old cover and reuse them rather than make new ones. They hold the cover on the frame.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

They fit over the end of each spine of the umbrella frame.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

Once all the sections were sewn together it looked like this.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

Then I cut a circle of chenille to make the center cover part.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

Now to finish the edges... The sheets are just so thin that the tiniest little breeze would blow the edges around... they needed a little weight. I decided to use some fringe trim but didn't have enough of any one fringe trim to go around the whole umbrella so I decided to use a few... this is boho after all... mix and match baby!!!

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

I also took the little wooden finial off the old umbrella.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

I chose a pretty green called "New Shamrock" for my finial.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

I think it looks pretty with this sheet!

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

I put a metal grommet at the top for the hole for the finial.

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

I was trying to figure out how I would protect my new umbrella from sun damage so it will last for a few years when I came across Scotch Guard Water & Sun Shield. I am ordering some and I will let you know after the summer is over how my umbrella fared 😊

How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover

Would you like to come and sit under my pretty new umbrella and have some ice-cold tea with me??

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How to DIY a Patio Umbrella Cover