Oak Wood Tripod Floor Lamp from Target. The lamp came with a generic white barrel shade. Perfect for this project because the sides are straight up and down which makes the pieced shade so much easier to make!
I measured the lampshade from the top to the bottom and added two inches for fold over to get the right height (circumference does not matter at this point). Using a Rotary Cutter, self healing mat board and quilting ruler (clear plastic), I cut up random pieces of fabric. I sewed the pieces together to create a patchwork of prints. You can see here that I sewed some seams with wrong sides together so the raw edges would be on the right side of the fabric.
Single Fold Bias Tape to cover the raw edges of fabric. I used black here but you can use any color from beige to red for this step. The glue gun works perfectly to secure the Bias Tape in place. NOTE: One package should be enough to go around the the two edges of the shade.
If you don't have a local quilt shop that is carrying Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric you can find the Dapper collection at these two online shops (and I am sure many more).
Hawthorne Fabrics has a fat quart bundle too!
now carry on,