Monday, September 14, 2009

Cute new Ruffled Lampshade

After doing the nightstand for my daughter's room, I wanted to find a small lamp to go on it so she could have a nightlight that she can turn on and off by herself, next to her bed. I found this one at Saver's for $5 and it was the perfect size. It was neutral colored so I could've used it as is, but I wanted to spice it up a little to match her room. I used some extra fabric from her quilt that I made, and made a ruffle that matches her quilt as well.

I'm sure most of you have seen easy tutorials on re-covering a lampshade. This is what it looked like before. (Well, it also had a trim on the top and bottom edges, but I had already pulled those off)

I just basically made my ruffle first, (I can provide full instructions on how to sew a ruffle if anyone wants) and then I traced the lampshade on its side onto the fabric, rolling it as I traced. Once I got that cut out (with some extra seam allowance) I pinned and sewed the ruffle onto the fabric. I had to use two pieces and sew them together because I only had a narrow piece of fabric, so I couldn't do the whole thing on one piece. Since the lampshade had those creases anyways, it worked out fine.

Once it was put together, I just used spray adhesive and attached it to the shade. It was a little harder than I thought it would be getting it straight, since it had to match up where my ruffle would hit the bottom of the shade evenly all the way around.

It isn't perfect, but I put the best side forward, and my 2 1/2 year old doesn't know the difference! It also turned out that this cute little lamp was a touch-on and has 3 brightness settings, so my daughter was WAY excited about that, that she can change how dim or bright it is. Very 80's - awesome.

I'm happy with it. =)
I'm linked up today with Andy's "Creative Cats Tuesday", check it out and see the super cute projects she has today! I've also linked up with Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land, there's TONS of DIY project, so skip on over to her place to see what everyone's creating!


Linds said...

I still have yet to cover or change a lamp time will come.
I'm SO loving the ruffles! Great job! Great look!

Andy Porter said...

I love the ruffles!! What a cool idea! It looks perfect on your cute nightstand. Less than two weeks AHH!! I'm excited too!!

Anonymous said...

Love how it turned out! The ruffles really dress it up.

Love the cute little nightstand too!

Brittany said...

so cute!!! i bet she loves it!

stop by my Goodwill party every Wednesday!

Roeshel said...

So cute! Great job on dressing 'her' up!

Nice to "meet" you!


Kimba said...

Great job! I love your dressed up shade. Thanks for linking up!

Amy said...

Looks so cute on that table!