Saturday, September 11, 2010

Anthro-Inspired Lampshade!

Aaaaand... I'm back.  Sorry for the leave of absence... again... my oldest just started kindergarten a couple of weeks ago, another in preschool... so it's been a bit of a transition for us.  I think I've finally gotten the schedule figured out, so hopefully I'll be back to blogging like my normal old self.  So anyway, how's everyone out there been doing this past month-ish?  Anything interesting?  All right, enough small talk, here's what I've been working on:  I saw this shade @ anthropologie, and knew that I could use that technique to revamp an old shade in my living room.

Here's mine:

I think I may still add some ribbon to the top and bottom, just to give it a more finished look.  It wasn't too awfully hard to do, it just took a while.

I started by tracing the shade onto a piece of fabric (something neutral, with little to no pattern, as it will show through when the lamp is turned on).  I cut it out, leaving at least an inch around the outline.

Then I traced and cut three different sizes of circles from coordinating fabrics- the more diversity in texture and pattern, the better, I say!  I used a coffee mug, a little plastic play cup and a shot glass for my circle dimensions.

To secure the circles to the base fabric, I used spray adhesive and sprayed the backs of the circles, and arranged them how I wanted them.  The adhesive was pretty forgiving, so it was easy to move circles if I wanted to.

Once all the space was covered, I took it to my sewing machine and began to sew.  And sew. I started out trying to sew straight lines from one side to the other, but by the end I was just making sure I had all of the ends sewn down.  I used white thread and a zig-zag stitch.  The spray adhesive makes the sewing pretty easy; trust me, my first go at this I tried pinning the circles down... yeah, that was not a fun time.  With the spray, the sewing was one million times easier.  Occasionally the circles may lift up a little, so just watch out for that.  I've got a few pleated circles on my shade.  Oops.

Once that was done, I folded the edges under, trimmed where necessary, and hot glued it to the shade.  Now my shade is no longer faded, and now it's color coordinated with my living room!  I've got to say, it looks pretty cool when the lamp is on.  But the best part of this project?  Completely FREE!  I had everything I needed on hand, which was awesome!


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11 crazy awesome comments:

sydney @ memorable minutes said...

this is so clever. thanks for sharing.

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm glad I was able to inspire you. Speaking of which I have been looking for a good tutorial on how to re-cover a lamp shade. Your lampshade looks better than anthropologies. :)

Jill said...

I think ribbon would really add some polish and make it look finished! This is so great!

Michelle L. said...

Welcome back, Sarah!!! This is super pretty and looks so professional - as always! Hope your little bitties love their new schools. Happy Fall!

justkiddingaroundatlanta said...

Wow - that lampshade is really pretty!! Thanks for sharing!!

Aimee @ Justkiddingaroundatlanta

Moogie said...

I'm your newest follower. said...

That looks great! And the options are endless. Well done! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

Sew Much Ado said...

Your version turned out awesome!

I hope you'll enter it in the Copycat Challenge that I'm hosting, there's lots of great prizes :). You can go to for all the details!

Amanda said...

This is great! I featured you today on Today's Top 20!! I'd love if you stopped by!


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