Hot Pink Embellished Umbrella, for Singing in The Rain

There's a reason why the Yorkshire countryside is so gorgeously lush and green... it rains, a lot!

So I'm going to celebrate the rain with an embellished umbrella,


pink umbrella with black bead trim


This is a really quick and easy project and would make a great last minute Christmas present for someone.

Now I know it's unlucky to put an umbrella up on the house, but guess what? Yes, it was raining! And while this brolly loves the rain my camera doesn't so I'm afraid I had to stick with indoor pics.





To make your 'Singing in the Rain' brolly you need a strong umbrella, and haberdashery bead trim. I saw this idea in Sew magazine where they used fabric bobble trim, but a Northern winter needs something waterproof so I went with bead trim.



Measure the outside circumference of your umbrella as you'll need a surprisingly large amount of trim. I thought I'd be OK with a couple of metres but I actually needed 3 metres. You could use the mathematical formula for finding the circumference of a circle (Pi x diameter)...alternatively you could just use a very large tape measure....

Sew the ribbon of the bead trim onto the top side of the umbrella so the beads hang over the edge. I machine stitched in between the ribs of the umbrella and hand stitched around each point as it's impossible to sew over the points with a machine. You could also hand stitch the whole project if you wanted.




And this is the view you get when using your umbrella, doesn't the world seem a better place through a fringe of beads?!

bead fringing


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22 comments:

  1. Clever and classy! This would definitely make a rainy day more fun. I would be terrified to receive it as a gift, though, because I would be so bummed were I to forget it on the bus!

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  2. Thanks everyone, yep I def won't be leaving this on a bus lol!

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  3. What a gorgeous umbrella. You can't be grumpy when it rains with an umbrella like that!

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  4. Oooh la la! This is gorgeous! I'm so glad you shared this at Etcetorize...thanks~

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  5. Wow! That really does seem simple! I'm amazed you have such a striking umbrella anyway, as I never come across any that aren't black or spotty!

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  6. This is so cute! I didn't realize you could sew right on the umbrella! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. OMG LOOOOOOve this!!!
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    1. What a neat idea - so simple but really does set off the umbrella!

      Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
      Hope you have a fabulous week!
      Jill @ Creating my way to Success
      http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  9. Oh I love this! found your project on Craft Gossip.

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  10. This is a great idea! And so quick and easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love this!!

    So glam ... I think I'm due a new umbrella too ;)

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  12. This is sooo cute!

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  13. Hi, this is really a WONDERFUL idea!!!! I must give it a try :-)
    ciao

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