Friday, July 22, 2011

Ruffled Lamp Shade Tutorial

In March Dear Lilly posted a fabulous tutorial on how to make a ruffled lamp shade.  Isn’t hers so beautiful?!hDSC_0029
I was so inspired I started on my own right away, then the Hawley house got a little busy and I never got to finish.  Well a couple weeks ago I was home with a sick puppy (who is fine now, thank goodness) and finally finished my lamp shade. 
This is the lamp on the corner of my desk before I transformed it.DSC05554
Materials needed: lamp shade (I purchased an extra one in case I totally botched the project and wanted the original back), needle and thread, scissors, fabric, hot glue gun.DSC05557
You always need a craft assistant…..here is mine.  Isn’t she the cutest?!  :-)DSC05559
Remove any extra material on the lamp shade.DSC05561
Cut out long pieces of fabric, as wide or as thin as you like.  Cut the stripes of fabric longer than you think because obviously it will get shorter when you make the ruffles.  If you cut the fabric too short and don’t realize it until you are gluing the ruffles onto the lamp shade, just add more fabric to the end of the ruffles.  No big deal, I did this with all three ruffles.DSC05562
You could use a sewing machine with the ruffle setting for the next step, but if you don’t have one, like me, then you’re totally fine.  Make stitches, close together, down the middle of the fabric.  DSC05576
Once you get to the end of the fabric, push it down so that it gathers into ruffles.  You can make your ruffles as tight or as loose as you like.DSC05564
Before you tie off the thread, wrap the ruffle around the lamp to make sure that the ruffle will reach all the way around the lamp shade.  If it doesn’t, simply add more fabric until you do.  Then using your glue gun, make a few dots around the shade to secure the ruffles into place.  You don’t need a lot of glue here, so don’t go glue-crazy.  DSC05569
Then repeat as many times as you need to cover your lamp shade.
Here is my new feminine ruffled lamp shade.  DSC05581
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What do you think? Easy enough, right?

24 comments:

Delaney said...

Looks great!

Joy said...

LOVE it!! I want one!!

Erin Wallace said...

This is so cute! Would be great in a little girl's room.

About A Mom said...

Hi! I absolutely love your ruffle lamp shade! New follower from the friday hop! I would love for you to stop by http://aboutamom.com to say hi & return follow! :)

La-Dee-da crafter said...

following you from boost my blog.
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I love this lampshade update. SO perfect!!!

Kellyn Fleming said...

This is so cute! It looks great and so simple to do! Just wanted to comment on the picture of Tomlin...she's getting so big! I can definitely tell from this picture!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a great no-sew technique. Just the kind of project I like!

Sarah@everydayeasy said...

Oooh I like it!!

Sarah@totalbassetcase said...

This is SO adorable and looks so easy! Great job!

Good Girl Gone Green said...

Looks like a completely different lamp...great job!

HI. I'm Julie. The Stalker. said...

this is adorbz! must. make. for. daughter.

http://etsystalkers.blogspot.com/

c.w.frosting said...

Darling! You make it look easy! Have been a little scared to try a lamp shade project. Found you @ The Crafty Scientist =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! You've got so much creativity here and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

Sabina@Slip Stitches & More said...

That is so cute, can't wait to try it!
I'm a new follower here from Who's Got Glam blog hop.

http://slipstitchesandmore.blogspot.com

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Yay! I'm so honored that you chose to join the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Thank you for adding this special masterpiece to rock my party :)

Delaney said...

Congrats! You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday! Come check it out & pick up your award at: http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com/2011/07/fabulousity-friday-6.html

Camille said...

Oh my gosh- this is so cute!!! I need to make one for my little girl's room! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
Camille @
SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

Crystal said...

This is SO cute! Just featured it on my FB page! :)

Jacque said...

I'm stopping by from "Show & Share". I have got to say that this lamp looks really cute!! You did a fabulous job at fixing it up!

Jennifer said...

Fabulous job!
Coming from Southern Lovely's Show and Share!

Ty and Whitty said...

I LOVE it! Thank you so much for linking this up to mine and Lindsays Party Show and Share! I am your newest follower come follow me :)

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
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Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I'm obsessed with ruffles! your lamp turned put super CUTE :)
Lina

Kimberly said...

It's perfect! Good job! I really like your lamp base, too.

Lindsay said...

Thank you SO much for linking this up! I sure love these adorable ruffles!

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