Best part is that it actually matched very well with the cushions on the patio chairs - the same gray and white.
I guess I'm just weird because I think it is fun to sew something like this rather than buy it even though it actually cost more. It really would have been a thrifty project if I'd re-used the frame and sewn the umbrella out of re-purposed fabric, but its not like I just happened to have an old parachute hanging around the garage.
But I can justify it this way....I have enough fabric left to make matching placemats for the patio table. Does that make me come out ahead?