After much deliberation and market research, I finally came to a decision as to what direction to take the lampshade that I recently purchased. I knew that with any of the options, I’d like to make best use of fabric and other supplies that I already had on hand. When I began
hoarding purchasing fabric a few years ago, I quickly fell in love with Tanya Whelan’s designs and when I found out I was pregnant with Reagan, I bought some with the hopes that I would a.) have a girl and b.) learn how to sew. Well, I had a girl and as I was learning how to sew, I learned that the half-yard of fabric that I purchased wasn’t going to be an adequate amount to make any project that I had in mind, so it’s been sitting in the office/craft space tucked away for the right project to come along. Lampshade it is!
lampshade * fabric *measuring tape * spray adhesive
scissors * glue gun * tape
1. Measure the lampshade from top to bottom to figure the width of the fabric. Make sure to allow for room to glue on the top and bottom of the shade. I added an extra half-inch to each side. Next, measure the fabric and cut the needed length to fit all the way around the shade.
When going to cut your fabric, make sure you keep all extra hands and piggies out of the way.
2. In a well-ventilated area (aka outside), spray a light coat of spray adhesive onto the lampshade. Let it sit for a few minutes until it’s tacky, not permanent. This is going to help with the placement of the fabric. It will keep the fabric in place, but also allows for movement.
3. Begin placing the fabric on the shade. Keep the fabric lined up at the bottom of the shade with the allowance that was measured earlier. When you’re finished lining it up (unless it’s not sloped like mine), you’ll have extra fabric at the top like this:
4. The next part is harder to explain, but I’ll try! You’ll take the excess fabric, push it in at the sides, and create pleats at the top. Use the tape to hold each pleat in place until you are ready to glue.
5. Ready, set, glue! Using your hot glue gun, place a small line of glue and press the fabric firmly down. Only do a two or three inch section at a time so your glue doesn’t harden before you get the fabric down. Repeat on the top and bottom parts of the lampshade.
6. Voila! Lampshade complete! Or really as complete as it’s going to get for right now. I’d really like to add some white dingle ball trim (that’s the technical term) to the bottom, but as it’s not in the stash right now, it’s going to have to wait. It’s been inspected by my quality control department…
…and is now sitting in it’s place of honor in the craft/office space. When I originally embarked on this craft space makeover, I had intended on going pretty modern with the whole thing, but I’ve realized I’m just too girly to do a completely modern room. I love that the lamp adds a little extra softness to what could have ended up a really cold room.