The end of winter is nearing so I began sorting the umbrellas that I had used and found this broken umbrella. I initially tried to reattach the metal frame but parts of it had broken.
I took a good look at it to see what Icould salvage from it and came to the conclusion that if I unpicked the metal frame I would have a decent sized piece of nylon fabric which after some reconstruction could serve as a good strong lightweight shopping bag.
I opened it up and took a good look to see whether there were any holes in the fabric before beginning to work on it.
I very carefully unpicked the stitching holding the metal frame down.
And then popped the button at the top holding the fabric down on the frame
The broken frame. I dismantled the handle and put the rest in the recycling bin.
What I had left was a large circular piece of nylon fabric.
I copied the design of a shopping bag I already have and here is the new bag.
The plus of this bag is the fabric is extrememly durable, the size of the bag can hold a large amount of items and it can be folded and compressed into a really small size and hardly weighs anything, so win win all around.