Upcycled Umbrellas Backpack Rain Covers

Upcycled Umbrellas Backpack Rain Covers
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"Are you sick of your kids’ (or your) backpack getting soaked every time it rains? Well then, repurpose a broken umbrella into a clever backpack rain cover, and you'll never have a drenched backpack again! It only takes about 15 minutes to sew with minimal sewing skills. You can fold it up into a lightweight and compact package so that you can carry it with you in your bag and be ready for unexpected rain showers! It's quick, easy, and free when you upcycle materials! Perfect for kids going to school, but also for adults who commute or just like to take walks. So go and make one for each member of your family and for all your friends!"

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Fabric from one reclaimed umbrella (instructions given on how to remove it)
  • Umbrella fabric scraps (can be trimmed off main umbrella or from another umbrella)
  • Elastic
  • Pins and one safety pin
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I don't have any broken umbrellas I can upcycled but I do have some leftover raincoat fabric unused to make waterproof backpack for swimming. I love the pattern, it can be adapted to fit any size bags and will be great for those rainy days on the commutte. Umbrellas have some pretty colours and designs though.

This idea is absolute genius! I love that the pretty pattern of the umbrella is maintained in the design of the cover! I suppose that you could also adapt this pattern for use with new fabric that is light weight and water proof too if you did not have an old umbrella. Hmmm, i bet you could get old umbrellas at the thrift store too! I have two really pretty vintage umbrellas that would look pretty for this project, but they still work fine because they are old and made well! LOL, but with the newer ones, you will get more chances to upcycle! Thanks for the great idea!

This is a really unusual and creative idea. I've got an old, broken umbrella and have been wondering what to do with the fabric, which is of course lightweight and waterproof. I like the idea that you could keep this in your rucksack pocket ready for the next shower. I've also been thinking I could make a shower cap or shopping back. Any other ideas for old umbrella fabric?


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