Felt Beach Umbrella

Felt Beach Umbrella

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Although many days in Hidden Cove are cloudy, when the sun shines bright, it’s nice to have a felt beach umbrella to relax under. These are easy to make and they add a touch of seaside charm to your gnome, fairy or dollhouse.

NOTE: You can find the tutorial for the Cork Buoys HERE. The chairs were purchased in the miniature section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store.

Felt Beach Umbrella Materials

  • wool felt in 2 contrasting colors
  • iron on adhesive like Heat n Bond
  • 6 strand embroidery floss
  • 1/4″ x 5″ dowel rod
  • branch base 2″ diameter x 1″ height (option: make a base from clay)
  • water erasable marker
  • pattern

Felt Beach Umbrella Directions

 

Make a copy of the pattern.

For the umbrella you will need 2 pieces of felt and the iron-on adhesive. I begin by cutting out the pattern piece, then cutting out the 2 pieces of felt slightly bigger than the pattern. Cut a piece of iron on adhesive slightly smaller than the felt pieces.

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Following the directions on the iron-on adhesive, iron the adhesive to one piece of the felt. Make sure the edges are attached.

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Remove the paper backing.

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Position the other piece of felt over the adhesive and iron on.

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You now have a felt sandwich… felt/adhesive/felt. Place your pattern on the felt and cut out. For tips on cutting our felt, check out our post HOW TO CUT OUT FELT.

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Using a ruler and your water erasable marker, draw lines from each point to the opposite point.

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Cut out one wedge.

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Bring the 2 cut edges together and using 2 strands and a whip stitch, sew the 2 edges together. NOTE: Use matching thread and ONLY go through the top piece of felt. DO NOT go all the way through.

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Turn the umbrella inside out and sew the lining edges together in the same manner.

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Using 6 strands of floss and a running stitch, follow your lines and add “spokes” to the umbrella. I used floss the color of the lining. NOTE: When sewing the spoke on the line where the umbrella was sewn together, simply ignore the stitching and sew in the same manner as the other lines.

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Using 6 strands of floss, blanket stitch around the entire edge of the beach umbrella.

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To make the support, cut your 1/4″ dowel rod 5″ long. Cut off a 1″ piece of a 2″ diameter branch and drill a hole in the center 1/4″ to fit the dowel rod. Only go in about 1/2″ – 3/4″ into the branch. Do not go all the way through.

NOTE: If you don’t have branches you can also cut a piece of 1″ pine into a 2″ block and drill a hole in the center.

Another option is to create a clay base.

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To assemble the umbrella simply put the dowel into the branch. Balance the center of the umbrella on the dowel rod. You do NOT need to glue it together. This gives a natural tilt to the umbrella top.

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Kimara

3 Comments

  1. Eeeeeeeep! So cute! I would have never thought this possible! Now I need to go make 20 of them! Thank you again!

    1. Kimara
      Author

      That’s a lot of umbrellas, but what fun! Play with the pattern. I want to make a couple more but make each wedge a different color, adding a bit of a seam allowance to each wedge. Have fun. ((hugs)) ~Kimara~

      1. Ooooo, one with different color wedges would be so adorable! Please post a picture when you make one! 🙂

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