Sprucing up mundane fixtures for outdoor gatherings in the yard can be tricky.
Adding this festive element to a ho-hum umbrella or shade can turn it into a fun place to gather under and chat. Use it for a table decoration or drape on the back of chairs for even more cheerful effect.
- Sewing machine and supplies
- Polyester transparent thread (not shown above)
Beginning with the color you want as your main, cut 3" circles. The don't have to be perfect. I cut one and then used that one as my pattern piece for the rest.
Cut your secondary color felt at a 2" circle. Make sure you are happy with the ratio before you begin cutting the rest of the smaller circles.
Cut your desired amount of circles. I wanted enough for 2 large market umbrellas.
Take your transparent thread and load your bobbin too. It works just the same as regular thread and actually feels like a light gauge fishing line.
Depending on how you will be attaching them, you may need some extra thread pulled before you begin stitching.
Begin using a straight stitch. Once you get to the end of the first circle combo, just keep stitching the second circle combo. There will probably be a small gap in between each circle. That is actually good so your circles can move and turn in the breeze. I calculated I needed 16 circles sewn end-to-end to fit in each umbrella spoke. Adjust your measurements to fit your needs.
Sit back and enjoy the view!