Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I made parasols!


Now I'm wrapping a parasol which is made in pretty marimekko fabric. It's a birthday gift to my sister. The idea has been in my mind for some time, as she is quite sensitive to the sunshine (so am I) and would love a pretty parasol as a gift.

I did a pilot production with making mine, and then made my sister's parasol. I bought the DIY parasol kits which contained the frames and the instructions, and sewed the fabrics of my choice. I really love what I've got after struggling with my first DIY parasol experience.

I hope my sister will like it!

first trial
the gift
parasol for my sister

DIY parasol kit
marimekko fabric: 1.5m long for the first one, 1m for the gift


  1. Your parasols are so cute! Where are the kits from?

  2. Yoshimi, that's unbelievable!
    Those parasols are just too cute!

  3. Fabulous!
    I don't know how anyone could help but be thrilled with such a lovely gift.
    You did a very nice job.
    Those are really cool fabrics too.
    Where did you find the kits?

  4. Wow! That's amazing. I never even thought of sewing a parasol or umbrella. Yours look beautiful :)

  5. Thanks so much, ladies!! You all are so sweet!
    I bought the kits here.
    (you'll need to scroll down quite a lot to see them.)
    They sell quite many kinds of them. I've googled in English to find something similar, but I couldn't find anything so far... I think there should be someone who sells the DIY parasol kits for crafters other than in Japan, but I must have been just unable to use the right terms in searching... Sorry for that...

    1. Hello. Try searching for the company Venacava designs, they are in England and also carry a parasol kit. Yours look lovely.

  6. Hi, I find that it is technically possible to purchase the kit from the shop, without living in Japan! The shop is one of the members in a very popular internet shopping mall in Japan(Rakuten), and I find that the organizer of the mall says they help/explain when you shop internationally (mainly in English I guess). The postal fee may cost a lot, but take a look if you are interested.

    list of kits in the shop
    I bought
    general shopping guide in English

    1. I would love to find these frames to give it a try in making a parasol. however, using your links I can't seem to locate them. is it possible to get a direct link or perhaps what I should call them so I can do a search on the site. I have tried parasol frame and that does not bring it up.

    2. Hello charlene, it seems the links are expired as they are too old. Would you try the word "日傘キット" to find your frame at Rakuten Grobal Market ( please, and you'll find many shops for your need

  7. OMG, they are BEAUTIFUL! I cant believe it is possible to make these... I don't think I would be capable!

  8. whoa!! awesome parasols!!
    I didn't know you could make them! super cool :)

  9. Hello EmilyKate, Hi Lunatepetal,
    Thank you for your compliments!! I didn't know I could make such things before them, lol!

  10. I should have written "I didn't know I could make such things before them, either !".

  11. I just wanted to say that I love what you create and can't wait to see more!

  12. Hi TheLuxuriousVagabond, thank you for the comment! Actually I've been too lazy these days but you made me wake up! Thanks for that too!

  13. Hi,

    I am always impressed how creative Japan is- wish could go shopping for a month there :-)

    Your black dress with white pinpin ( I don´t know how to write it right ) is stunning!

    Kind regards from Germany


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