Five on Friday – 5 things I learnt making a lampshade

5 things I learnt making a lampshade.

I had some fabric left from making the curtains for the guest room, and I needed a matching lampshade, but living in a backwater there’s not a lot of choice, all were either too bling or boring. I decided to make my own,1 so I ordered a lampshade making kit from LoveYourLampshade on Etsy .

Here’s the kit, the instructions are really clear but I learnt a few things when I was making the lampshade.
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  1.  The roll of stiffener wants to roll up all the time making it difficult to work with, so weighting it down is a good idea.

P12908442. When you peel off the edging take care as the fabric can fray.

P12908453. It’s a good idea to have an extra pair of hands when you do the roll up.

P12908484. Putting a little bit of tape where the fabric overlaps makes life much easier when tucking in the edges.

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P12908515. Tucking in the edge was the trickiest bit but it’s not that difficult once you know how to use the tool, watch the video.

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P1290852I really enjoyed making the lampshade and I will definitely make more, I have a couple of lamps that could do with a face lift.

So here it is hanging in the bedroom. I’m wondering if I can use the fabric scraps in a picture idea I have in my head, so come back on Sunday to have a read about how I got on. And why not join in Creative Sundays link up.

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Now I’m off to read what everyone is up to for 5 on Friday

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12 Responses to Five on Friday – 5 things I learnt making a lampshade

  1. jean thatcher says:

    IS THERE ANYTHING YOU DON’T DO?

  2. It looks amazing, I love the fabric you used.

  3. riitta k says:

    Well done!!! The lamp shade is the spring itself!

  4. thehistoryanorak says:

    But it’s lovely and well worth the effort. It looks very professional.
    I’ve thought about making lampshades but always wimp out. Maybe I should have a go. (Don’t think I’d be brave enough to post pictures of MY efforts though.)

  5. Rosie says:

    Worth all the hard and fiddly work to get the exact shade you want – it looks lovely:)

  6. Linda P. says:

    You’ve chosen a lovely fabric and I should think the cylindrical shape is easier to work on. Very professional looking. Have a good weekend!

  7. Barbara says:

    What a great idea. You can use matching fabric. I may give it a go! Barbara

  8. 1066jq says:

    That is so pretty! Lamp shades are ridiculously expensive.

  9. Lorrie says:

    Your new lampshade is very pretty and very well done!

  10. Karen Crimson Kettle says:

    Very smart and professional. I must admit after having bare bulbs in the sitting room for a while as we couldn’t find anything suitable, we resorted to yogurt pots in the end! 🙂

  11. That’s lovely! Thank you for the tips – I think I’m going to have a go. x

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