April 19, 2013

Liberty Lampshade Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to make a new lampshade for my bedside lamp for some time now. I had a plain white shade which was so dull and uninspiring, I wanted something I would actually enjoy seeing every morning and evening! I saw this lovely lampshade on the Liberty Craft Blog which gave me inspiration to create something similar with Liberty fabric. I decided to make it even simpler than theirs however and literally just use a piece of fabric and some glue… this is probably a rather unorthodox method but it works perfectly well and I’m really pleased with the results!

ImageThe fabric I used is an off-cut of a Liberty print that I bought from eBay. You can get loads of these on eBay and they cost about £4 for a 25cm x 140cm piece, they’re perfect for small projects like this! If you’d like to make a similar lampshade for yourself here’s how…

You will need: A lampshade (a plain white one without any texture is best), an extra strong glue stick, scissors, fabric.

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Step 1: Lay your fabric flat and practise rolling it around the lampshade. You want to position it on the fabric so that when rolled the fabric overlaps at the end and doesn’t leave any of the old lampshade showing through. If you have a good width of fabric this will be easier!

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Step 2. Start putting glue directly onto the lampshade and rolling the fabric onto it. You can press the lampshade down from the inside to ensure a good stick. Try to ensure that the fabric goes on flat without any creases or air bubbles. You can easily unstick bits as you go and pull it flat.

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Step 3. Continue doing this until you’ve stuck fabric around the whole lampshade.

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Step 4. If you are left with excess fabric at the end cut it off, leaving an inch or so of overlap.

Step 5. Fold this overlap under to create a neat edge and use the glue to stick it down. I didn’t have much fabric so had to do a diagonal seam, if you have enough fabric you can make yours straight!

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Step 6. Trim the excess fabric from the top and bottom of the lampshade leaving about 2cm.

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Step 7. Put glue on a section of the top inside ring of the lampshade. Fold  the excess fabric in half so you have a neat edge then fold and stick it over the ring. Continue doing this until you have stuck fabric down around the whole top ring. You may need to make little snips in the fabric to ensure it will fold down without leaving any puckers.

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Step 8. Repeat step 7 for the bottom of the lampshade.

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Your lampshade should be complete!

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You could develop this project in lots of different ways; perhaps by using strips of different fabric prints or adding a trim to the bottom. They’re so cheap and easy that I think I’m going to make a few more myself!

R.

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