Make it Sewcial... up cycled lampshade June 09 2014

hello sweetie pies!

Todays Make it Sewcial tutorial is one i've been wanting to share with you for a very long time and i've had heaps of requests for it too, but its not the easiest project so I wanted to to work out a simple technique that wouldn't frighten your crafty socks off and make you run screaming in the opposite direction!



Yes my lovelies, its time to get to grips with the up cycled lampshade! Terrified?... don't be, I've had years of practice and done all the fiddly fussing and hard work for you! Now its your turn to have a go!

this is how you do it.. 



1) you will need a dusty old shade, ten a penny in most charity shops (well I found this one at my local charity shop this morning and it cost me a £1) and it really doesn't matter if its old, discoloured and a little smelly, in just a few minutes you will be banishing that fusty old fabric to the bin anyway!

2) some fabric, i've used the prettiest Liberty tana lawn cloth for mine, as you don't need much you can spoil yourself a bit here, I barely used a quarter of a meter covering this whole shade, so you can see how economical it is, you will also need some pom poms and ric rac, a glue gun or strong all purpose glue and that should be everything 

*top tip* if you don't want to dip into your crafty budget, how about using up those fabric scraps you never know what to do with, or cutting each panel in a different cloth for a patchwork shade, nice idea huh?

3) the first job to do is strip your shade of the tired old discoloured fabric

4) then you need to trace yourself a paper template, being 'ACCURATE' here (I'm shouting because its that important) is the key to making this tutorial work, tuck some parchment or newspaper, behind the wire frame and using a felt tip pen draw around the shape, then 'IMPORTANT STUFF AGAIN' add 1cm around the whole shape (this is for the seam allowance) I try not to use textiley language where possible but for those of you who don't know what 'seam allowance' is its the little bit extra you add on for sewing. Ok, so you should have just created your paper template now that looks like this >>>>



cut how ever many panels you need and with right sides facing stitch them ACCURATELY together using the 1cm seam allowance to create this >>>> a beautiful flower! not really, thats the cover for your shade! 


I've stopped shouting now and I've shared these bigger pictures instead to make it nice and clear! right, still following?.. good thats the difficult part done.. and breathe!



5) pop your cover over your wire frame, you should be smiling now if you've been 'accurate' with your cutting and stitching 

6) using a glue gun or strong all purpose glue to stick the edge of the cover to the bottom of the wire frame

7) don't worry if you can see a little of the glue, its all going to be covered with pom poms to give it a nice finish

8) ready for a little hand sewing? here we go



9) hand stitch your pom pom trim all the way around the bottom of the frame 

10) how cute does that look?

11) ok, we are almost there now promise, one last stitch job to do and bingo we'll be done

12) stitch over the top of the cover and the ric rac all at the same time (stretching the cover ever so slightly so its nice and smooth) and thats it, one up cycled lampshade ready to go! See.. that wasn't too painful after all now was it! 



Just a teeny weeny bit more challenging than my previous Make it Sewcial tutorials, but this ain't one to be completed in a hurry, take your time and enjoy it, the results are utterly gorgeous and oh so worth it don't you think? and in-between cups of tea and taking your time to enjoy it, you can paint your lamp base a gorgeous colour too

happy making folks and feel free to drop me a line if you encounter any tricky bits, but I don't think you will, its been tried and tested!

big love

Allison x x x