Time to make the most of it. I'm thinking picnics and puppies in the park... and the perfect accessory? Why, a parasol, of course!
These adorable parasols are easy to make in whichever colours you like.
< For the parasol >
Small piece of lace - a wide piece of trim may be used
Gathered lace trim for edge
< For the handle >
Embroidery thread in 1 or 2 colours
Paddlepop (popsicle) stick
Open up the umbrella
Use your sharpie to trace the outline of one section on the umbrella
Carefully peel away the wax paper from the 'ribs' of the umbrella
Cut out the triangle you marked out earlier. This is your pattern for the pieces of the canopy.
Apply glue to one of the ribs and line up one of the lace triangles. Press down to secure.
Repeat, securing the opposite edge of the lace triangle on the next rib.
Work your way around the parasol, layering the edges of each canopy piece.
Finish with a small piece of lace around the 'spike' on the top
Cut a small piece of embroidery thread about 12cm long
Place thread along the top of the paddle-pop stick.
Wrap all of the embroidery threads around the stick about 15 times
Take each end of the small length of thread and tie together tightly.
Side threads off the stick
Take another piece of embroidery thread - I have used a contrasting colour but this is not necessary, it just depends on how you want your tassel to look.
Make sure the ends are even and cut
Attach tassel to parasol handle with tape.
Tie a small loop of embroidery thread around the tape.
Using a ribbon, wrap the tape to create a handle, leaving knot free.
Secure with needle and thread.
And you're done!
You can use the loop to secure around your doll's wrist. Then, prop the handle up with her hand. This works best with Monster High doll which have wrist joints and removable hands. So she holds her parasol up all by herself! Ace for pictures!