I've broken about 3 umbrellas by now (note to shoppers: do not buy the ones where you push a button and it opens for you. That one broke on day one), some of which are quite cute. I'd heard of umbrella skirts before and wanted to make one, saving the awesome rainbow-y material that I had in the umbrellas.
I carefully cut the umbrella fabric off the broken frames, then used a seam ripper to take them apart into triangles. I used this tutorial to make a skirt, which actually went really well. Though I didn't need to leave slits in the straight skirt in order to walk in it. I had a lot of extra room in it before putting in the waistband. I had one extra panel left (used 6 of 7) that I had to cut a waistband out of and patch together.
It took less than 4 hours to make it. Huzzah! It does need a lining in it, but so far I am just wearing shorts under it to solve that problem.
I'm not sure what I am going to do with the other 2 yet. One of them is an awesome rainbow pattern, but it was a mini-size umbrella and doesn't cover much. The other is the same size as this one, but a muddy red. I'm debating trying to layer them or something.