Salvaging an old lampshade or giving a new lamp some personality.
I love original lampshades, but not the prices! So, I decided to give it a go and make my own. By taking apart an old shade with a wire frame I was able to see how to make one of my own. This was the first sample I made and since have made many more! I love using vintage fabrics mixed with new: "MAKE NEW FROM OLD"
Transfer paper pattern to a medium weight clear acetate, found at your local art supply store. This step is not necessary, but it will make choosing your design much easier if using a one-of-a-kind embroidery or print. Remember, you have a seam allowance (1/4” or 1/2”) so be sure to allow for it when choosing your placement. Carefully cut out your top fabric and stitch side seams closed using a small stitch.
Place top fabric over frame adjusting as you go, if cover is too large, just slip it off and make corrections. Using paper clips found around the house, or you can purchase some at any office supply store, secure fabric to frame leaving enough to wrap around the top and bottom of the frame.
Securely hand stitch fabric in place, making sure your top layer is taught and that you have no loose areas. Use a wrap around stitch and a double thread or (upholstery thread) securely stitch top and bottom, trim away any excess fabric and loose threads.
Instead of glueing down self binding over the vertical bars of the frame, you can use a cross stitch using embroidery thread to hold top layer in place.
On this project I used a white thread to keep in the theme of the vintage cross-stitch hen pattern. You may notice, if you look close, I placed the sewing seam over one of the vertical bars so that I could cover it with the top cross-stitch, hence camouflaging the sewing seam.
It is the little details that will take your projects to the next level of craftsmanship. So be aware of your fabric and play around with your choices, you could use a contrasting thread if you like....so let your creativity blossom
I used a bias cut red ticking and a muslin trim for the top and a bias cut plain muslin wider than the red ticking in addition to a green velvet embroidered trim for the bottom rim. I used thread to attach all the trim. To cover the top joining bars I wrapped a small piece of bias ticking to cover the slit in the lining so that the lining lays flat....When taking apart the original lampshade pay attention to how things are put together and use your imagination to complete the same task.
A word about safety:
when decorating a lampshade know that it will be used for decorative purposes only. Make sure you have a clearance of at least 3” around the light bulb from the lining and please do not use a bulb over 40 watts. Also, do not have any loose threads or fabrics on your shade as it could cause a fire. If you are not sure please consult a local electrician.