A large umbrella comes in handy when you are relaxing by the pool or at the beach. It protects you from the sun’s harmful UV rays and offers a shady spot for reading, watching people surf, playing, or napping. Beach umbrellas come in many shapes and sizes. When you make your own, you can make it to your unique specifications and give it a designer look.
You will need:
• 5 to 6 yards of waterproof, sun-resistant fabric in desired color or pattern
• 7-foot bamboo pole
• 1 ¼ inch x 2 inch PVC coupling
• 9 four-foot long wood dowels
• Washer for screw
• 4 or 5-inch screw or bolt
• Thin, sturdy wire
• 12 eye hooks
• Sewing machine
• Power drill
Step 1: Use the hacksaw to cut the thickest end of the bamboo pole just above a joint, cutting on an angle. This will form the main mast.
Step 2: Cut three dowels in half. Use the drill to make a hole in each end of each of these dowels. Screw an eye hook into each hole.
Step 3: Drill a hole into the center of the flat end of the bamboo pole, making it large enough to accommodate the bolt or screw.
Step 4: Create a slider by drilling 12 small holes into the circle on the top of the PVC coupling.
Step 5: Drill a hole the size of the screw or bolt through the back and front of the center of the coupling.
Step 7: Cut the fabric with the scissors, creating six 50 and 65-degree angle triangles. Triangle sides should be 4 feet long and the triangle base should be 3.4 feet long.
Step 8: Use the sewing machine to sew together the long edges of the triangles, creating sheaths for spokes of the umbrella. When sewing, leave a couple inches open at the top, making a hole. This forms a circle, giving the umbrella a cone shape.
Step 9: Use the screw and washer to attach your fabric to the bamboo pole. Slide a 4-foot dowel into each of the sheaths.
Step 10: Drill 8 small holes in the coupling for passing through the wire.
Step 11: With the scissors, cut 15 small holes between the fabric seams and spokes, making each one 2 feet from the top of the umbrella. Do not cut open the seams.
Step 12: Thread the wire through the appropriate holes in the coupling and then through the eye hooks on the short dowels.
Step 13: Slide the coupling onto the bamboo pole.
Step 14: Connect the free end of each dowel to corresponding fabric holes at the top of your umbrella. Twist a wire loop through each hole and around the longer dowels to make the structure more stable.
Step 15: Open the umbrella fully. Mark the location of bolt or screw holes drilled into the center of the coupling. Lower the slider and drill a hole the size of the screw or bolt into the umbrella shaft.
Step 16: Slide the bolt or screw through the coupling and mast to lock the umbrella in place.
Step 17: Sew each sheath closed with the needle and thread.
Step 18: If necessary, trim edges with the scissors.