Monday, January 22, 2018

Rags to Riches | Lamps

     I liked these lamp bases the way they were, all they needed was the shades. I picked up a couple from IKEA, but for some reason they leave too much of the hardware visible.. so I needed to come up with a solution. I decided to add a ruffle to the bottom edges.. and this is how I did it..

     Cut strips of cotton fabric that are at least 2.5 times as long as the circumference of the lamp shades.. width depends on the look you want.. I cut mine into 2" strips..

 Wash.. dry.. & iron..

I didn't hem the edges because I like the fuzzy look on the edges after they have been washed.

Sew a gathering stitch and gather..

     I had to borrow my mom's sewing machine because I still haven't unpacked my sewing stuff.. and though I was able to get to my sewing machines, I'm not sure why the cords weren't packed with them.. grr.. and I was the one who packed them so I only have myself to blame ;(

     On the plus side, her machine gathers the fabric automatically when you set the machine to these settings!! And the gathers were all even.. how fabulous!

Hot glue to lamp shades..


I think it adds that farmhouse charm to the room without being too frilly :)

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