A TEENY TINY LAMPSHADE MAKEOVER

I have been wanting to try my hand at a lampshade makeover for a while now. I got some tiny paper lampshades to practice on. They are sized to fit a chandelier or candle lamp.

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Above is similar to the size and shape I got except mine was white. This looks way cooler because it has the adhesive already on it! I had to apply the adhesive myself on the one I got.

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If you don’t want to take apart your lampshade to make a pattern you can get a large piece of sketch or craft paper and lay the shade on its side. Take a pencil and start at a seam so you have a good starting and stopping point. Roll the lampshade and trace from seam to seam. Do that on the bottom as well then make the sides.

Frankly, whenever I have tried this, mine always come out a little odd and deformed which is why I just took apart one the lampshades. Much easier for me!

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I like to add lightweight interfacing to the back of my fabric before I get started.

Above is the kind I have at home and use. Another option is to use another piece of cotton fabric behind the original one to make it more stable.

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The “spread joy” pattern is available in my Etsy shop . It is a printable PDF pattern that includes illustrated stitch instructions. You can click HERE to see the shop listing.

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The spontaneous stitches are so much fun. It really is so relaxing just letting your fingers just so their own thing.

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The laying of the fabric onto the lampshade took some playing around with. The temporary fixative was so helpful since you can stick, and re-stick until you have everything the way you like it. I started at one seam side. There was enough excess fabric that I could fold 1/2 inch under, press and sew down the side that would be showing to make it look neater. For extra reinforcement, I added some hot glue inside the seam.

Above is the fixative I like to use.

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Thrift store, here I come! Maybe I’ll find a tiny chandelier and make a few more.

Thrift store, here I come! Maybe I’ll find a tiny chandelier and make a few more.

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These little ones are so fun ( and fast) to experiment on!

Thanks for stopping by!

Warmly,

Pam