How to Make an Umbrella Cover
An umbrella cover is a necessary item if you wish to extend the life of your patio umbrella. Sun, rain and wind can all damage your umbrella, making replacement the only option. A cover will also keep dirt and pests from damaging your umbrella when it is stored for the winter. Covers are available at many stores that sell patio furniture, but if you want to save money, have an odd-sized umbrella or just wish to have more control over the colors of the cover, consider making your own umbrella cover.
Close your umbrella and measure it from the top of the umbrella down to the end of the fabric. Double the measurement and add 6 inches.
Choose a waterproof fabric. Waterproof outdoor fabrics are available at fabric stores, or you can use a plastic tablecloth or a shower curtain.
Cut a circle from your fabric that is the diameter of the measurements you took from your umbrella. Mark the center on the inside of the circle with a pen or marker.
Cut a strip of fabric that is long enough to wrap around your closed umbrella with an overlap of 4 inches and is 2 inches wide.
Sew one end of the fabric strip halfway between the center dot and the hem of the fabric circle. Sew a 2-inch length of the hook side of the tape to the other end and sew the corresponding loop side over the the other side of the strip that is sewn onto the fabric circle.
Place the cover over the closed umbrella with the center dot over the top point of the umbrella. Wrap the closure strip around the umbrella, gathering the excess material of the cover as you do so. Secure with the hook and loop tape.
- For winter storage, secure the cover closed with a rubber band or zip-tie beneath the bottom-most edge of the umbrella to keep out pests.
Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.