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DIY Holland cloth umbrella case

This magazine covers arts and crafts projects from the Victorian era. I will be showing a quaint floral design umbrella case made from Holland cloth. Holland cloth is a plain-woven linen. Holland cloth is suitable for furniture covering, window shades, sign cloth, and craftwork. Any natural plain canvas style material should work as a suitable substitute. I have supplied a free downloadable plan showing the general layout and dimensions. I have also highlighted beautiful design patterns that you can use on other projects.

Easy Craft Project - Make your own umbrella case

The image below shows the results of our project. There are four pockets to insert your umbrellas, and maybe even walking sticks. The colour and final size can be adjusted to suit. It is most important to ensure that your design features floral designs and can be easily made to hang from hooks in your entrance way. This craft project to create an umbrella case will be a notable feature in any household entrance.

Holland portable umbrella case
image a Holland portable umbrella case

Umbrella Case Crafting Details

The umbrella case described herewith is based upon a sketch which gained a prize offered some months ago in this journal. The requirements of the competition were practical and artistic pieces of work, and while the case described presents plenty of opportunity for the display of decorative needlecraft, it also possesses the qualities of practical usefulness in a marked degree, as will be seen from the working drawing. The case consists of a background of stiff holland, carrying in front a loose bag, caught up at intervals to divide the umbrellas it holds one from another. The size and full details are given on the drawing, so that the work of cutting out should be particularly easy, and I think requires no further explanation at my hands. The decoration, however, may perhaps be briefly described.

The fact that the folds of this case are irregular, and that parts of them are always out of view, makes it impossible to apply any set design. Consequently, a repeat pattern is selected, and is sketched at full-size here with.

Holland unbrella case floral and braid decoration
image Detail A working drawings for the umbrella case
Holland unbrella floral detail decoration
image Detail B working drawings for the umbrella case

The pattern is applied to the band across the front of the case, and being of a flowing character, does not lose in appearance if part of it is not seen owing to the folds of the cloth. If the holland is used in its natural colour, the design may be carried out in brown and greens, not too dark in tone. Dyes if put on boiling will not so easily wash out. I do not mean that the dyes should merely be boiled before going on, but must be actually app;lied boiling hot. This may serve to help a correspondent who wrote to me on this point.

It would be a great advantage to have such an umbrella case washable. the case will serve for cabin use or may be taken away for holidays, and the idea may eb useful for those who have yet to take their holidays.

Free umbrella case plans

I have included a free umbrella case design for you to use and share with your crafting friends. This Holland umbrealla case plan can be downloaded and viewed on your device and is in a printable format. The free design plan gives an overall picture of the end result, breakout sections for the floral details, and the linen cut plans for the main pieces. Use a grid pattern to scale up the design to suit your craft needs. The Holland umbrella case plan is free to download in PDF format.

Happy crafting,
Madame Tambour

Free Holland umbreall case plans
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