• Sharon Prigan

Something Practical

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.


Broken umbrella
Broken umbrella

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.


Unsalvageable umbrella
Unsalvageable umbrella

I very carefully unpicked the stitching holding the metal frame down.


Unpicking
Unpicking

And then popped the button at the top holding the fabric down on the frame


removing the plastic button
Removing the plastic button

The broken frame. I dismantled the handle and put the rest in the recycling bin.


Broken umbrella frame
Broken umbrella frame

What I had left was a large circular piece of nylon fabric.


 a large piece of nylon fabric
A large 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.


Large lightweight nylon bag
Large lightweight nylon bag


Folding the bag
Folding the bag

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