I purchased a small lamp and separate shade from Walmart. The shade looked pretty straight forward as far as lampshades go. I have made lampshades before and one thing to remember is that if you pick a round shade, your fabric will have to "roll" around the shade. Great if your fabric is a floral, but if the fabric has any sort of straight line in the pattern, the "line" could end up heading the wrong way. I guess that's my way of saying be mindful of not only the shape of shade but of the fabric print as well.
two layers of fabric. You will need a total of 4 pieces so cut out one more time. As you can see, I cut the sides about a 1/2" wider than my pattern to allow for the seams.
Little by little I worked my way around the bottom of the shade then moved on to the top.
The cutting mat has a bias line right on the board. I placed a square piece of Dictionary fabric on the board, then lined up the ruler with the yellow diagonal line and cut. NOTE: The strips have already been cut away from the piece below.
If you want to know more about making your own bias tape there is a very in depth tutorial on Made.
...and if you are not a sewer you can always buy bias tape at any fabric store and skip this step.
The bottom strip is the back side, the top strip is the front.
Super simple (don't let the bias tape part scare you!)
Seriously, how cute is that lamp with the Melange fabric on it? I admit I was kinda sad when I had to pack it up only a few hours after I made it, to send to the show.
|(that's my dad in the Navy uniform, circa 1944)|
Now here is the good news!
I am giving away fabric samples I brought home from Quilt Market!
I will post the 3 winning names on Monday morning (May 27th).
As promised, the names of the fabric winners were posted (here) on Monday the 27th.
Lucky girls, please be sure to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and shipping information so I can get the fabric samples out to you asap.