How-to: Repair an Umbrella

thread the holes with very strong threadThe metal structure of your umbrella should have a plastic or metal tip with a hole through it, which is where the umbrella is stitched to the structure. This hole will likely be fairly wide, so use the thickest, strongest thread that you have in your stash. The denim thread that you use to hem blue jeans invisibly works well, but so does thick embroidery thread, or even yarn.

Pass the thread through the eyelet, then through the hole in the umbrella’s tip, and tie it in a snug overhand knot. Don’t try to pull the two as tightly together as they are at the other, factory-assembled tips–the extra stress on a once-broken part is unnecessary, and a difference of a fraction of an inch in the symmetry of your umbrella’s tips certainly won’t be noticed.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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