Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dressing Up A Lampshade - A Tutorial Part 2

Earlier this week I posted a tutorial for this shade's beautiful older, curvier, sexier sister. I would call this younger sister shade the tomboy shade. The sister that puts on her beautiful sister's strapless prom dress and it falls down to her waist. That doesn't mean that she doesn't deserve a new dress. It only means she needs a different pattern. A simpler, gentler version of big sister's dress.

When I say simpler, I mean much simpler. 

This shade is almost the same size at the bottom band as it is at the top band. This makes it the perfect candidate for a simple A-line skirt. Only one seam. The perfect shade for you impatient DIYers out there.

Step 1 - Measure the widest band of the shade.  Add a couple of inches. This is the width of
             the fabric you will cut.

Step 2 - Measure the height of the shade. Add a couple of inches. This is the height of the
             fabric you will cut.

Step 3 - Mark your measurements on the fabric and cut it out.

Step 4 - Cover your lampshade frame just as you did in the previous tutorial. You can find 
              directions for this here.

Step 5 - Wrap the cut fabric around the frame with the wrong side out. Pin to fit the frame. 
             Gently remove the pinned fabric from the frame and "straighten up' the line you
             have pinned. Sew this line. Make sure that you secure the stitches at each end. You
             don't want this seam to come loose.

 Step 6 - Put the fabric back onto the shade - still wrong side out.

 Shade 7 - Trim the seam to about 1/2 inch.

Step 8 - Turn the fabric right side out and put back on shade. Make sure the seam aligns
              with one of the braces on the frame.

Step 9 - Fold under (double fold) the fabric at the top and bottom of the shade. If you have
             more fabric than necessary for a double fold, trim the fabric to approximately 5/8 in.
             Pin aggressively. Lots of pins means less slippage and a better, straighter fit for the 

Step 10 - Slip stitch the fabric to the frame on the inside of the frame. 

Step 11 - Slip stitch the side seam around the brace it lies along. I consider this mandatory 
               for this frame. 

You're done! Now isn't that easier?

I don't know if you can tell or not, but this lamp actually needs a longer harp. The shade sits too low on the lamp. You would think that someone with a lamp stash the size of mine would have some longer harps at my fingertips. But I do not. Some day I'll remember to buy a new one and this shade will no longer look like her skirt is too long for her! You can see more of this lamp here.

Have you got a shade you are ready to dress?

Make something wonderful today!


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Pendra said...

Wished I looked this good in a little black dress! Great tutorials, thanks for sharing them! Thanks for the visit to my place and your sweet comment on my pillows...coming from a master sewer it means a lot to me!

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Unknown said...

Pretty lampshades!

Savard Studios said...

Gorgeous lampshades! I wish I had more patience for sewing. Thanks for visiting my blog!

I Gotta Try That said...

These turned out great Karen. Very pretty!
Marcie @ I Gotta Try That

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PJH Designs said...

Very pretty and my kind of lampshade the quicker, simpler project. :-) Thanks for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.
Peggy~PJH Designs

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srpprcrftr said...

You make both lamp shades look doable, not easy but doable. Now all I have to do is decide if am patient enuf to tackle either one. Love your coffee bean burlap sack shade skirts, look incredible.
Where do you get coffee bean sacks? Love look of them, graphics are awesome. I have one burlap sack, not as jazzy as yours but at least isn't pinto bean sack which is about all could come up with.
You are one smart savvy sewer to figure out how to make new skirts for your lamp shades. I'd need to be feeling very calm and ready to tackle this, think anybody who can make new lamp shade is pretty good sewer themselves. My hats off to you, awesome job.
Have wonderful Fall week


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