Sunday, February 11, 2007

Patchwork Lampshade.


Here is an idea for an unusual lampshade, using a selection of favourite fabrics. Firstly, I made a paper pattern of the wire frame and added a seam allowance. Eight fabrics were required for this large shade; I used floral prints from my vintage fabric collection.

Once cut out, they were stitched together on the sewing machine. The whole thing was then pulled over the frame and I hand stitched it around the top and bottom, pulling it taught. The hand stitches can then be hidden beneath a piece of fabric binding, glued in place.

Tadahhh!

45 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:09 pm

    Very pretty!

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  2. Very beautiful, Niki! You are a clever woman!

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  3. oh!c'est si joli,les imprimés sont toujours bien assortis,so lovely!

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  4. I think I agree with mirka, not sure. Very nice Niki, so finished looking around the top and bottom.
    Nancy jo

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  5. Hi Niki,

    I covered a big old lampshade too, but instead used one style of vintage fabric oneside and something else on the other - had a few mishaps along the way though.

    Your efforts were worth it, I love the patchwork idea, it's beautiful!
    best wishes Ginny

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  6. What a great idea! I love the look!

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  7. Your lampshade looks great! I would love to sew a table cloth with all my favourite flower fabrics very soon.... But well at first, I need to finish all the hearts for my swap...

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  8. Only yesterday I was looking at my bedside lamp and deciding how to re-cover it! I hope mine turns out as lovely as yours! Very pretty!

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  9. Gorgeous lampshade (and lamp)! The perfect little reading nook.

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  10. Love it! Niki, when you did those patchwork little ones, did you stick them on to the original shade, or do something clever to fix them onto the wire framework?

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  11. now that is gorgeous! I love it.

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  12. This is one of those ideas i have never seen before. Very special, and fun.Looks great :)
    Have a nice and creative week!
    That shouldn`t be a problem...:)
    Greetings, Aina

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  13. Hi Sue, thanks for the comment.
    When I made the little lampshades, I cut up small scraps of fabric and pasted them onto a plain parchment shade, using PVA glue.
    Hope this helps!
    Niki.x

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  14. Your lampshades are really adorable. I love them! Roses are always a trasure for me. :) I love your other posts too. And I am really longing for some Cath Kidston fabric...

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  15. Oh so pretty! I just picked up a set of five old lampshades at the thrift store. Now I know exactly what to do with them! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  16. This is pretty, and the soft glow from the lamp is just right to brighten that cozy corner.

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  17. That looks so nice! It sounds easy enough, too. Thanks for sharing the how-to!

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  18. YOU ARE AMAZING NIKI!!!
    How can someone have so much eye candy for us to view.
    Keep up the FABULOUS POSTS...
    YOU INSPIRE ME!!!
    Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

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  19. It looks really great and I so like that corner of your home with that pretty bench!

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  20. It's very nice. ciao ciao

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  21. Hi Niki, it's beautiful and such lovely fabrics too - will you be selling similar on your wesite? Clare x

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  22. Hi Clare, This one will be going onto my website actually! I am always sooooo busy making for my site, that I don't really have time to make for myself or our home....every body say Awwwww!
    Niki.x

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  23. You've done it again Niki! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  24. Oh Niki it is beautiful, I've been looking for the right lampshade for months now to do something similar to this with and can I find it. No I cannot but I just know that it will turn up one day so I'm hanging on to the fabric.

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  25. Anonymous6:25 pm

    absolutely gorgeous!!!!
    dawn
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/oh-so-pretty/

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  26. Love the photo of this quiet little corner in your rose filled home!Oh those dollies and chocolate cupcakes in last post so delightful!

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  27. love it, love it, love it!

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  28. The patchwork of fabrics makes the shade even lovelier. It must cast such beautiful light in the evening.

    Annabelle

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  29. OH, My God!! I love it. What a nice idea!! Congratulation for your welldone work

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  30. OH, My God!! I love it. What a nice idea!! Congratulation for your welldone work

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  31. OH, My God!! I love it. What a nice idea!! Congratulation for your welldone work

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  32. OH, My God!! I love it. What a nice idea!! Congratulation for your welldone work

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  33. Anonymous7:55 am

    I adore your lampshades. Very pretty.

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  34. what a beautiful lamp you made.

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  35. It is lovely, and your fairies are beautifull too!

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  36. Fabulous! I could never do that!

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  37. Lovely and beautifully made, great finish, now i truely hope you see were i am coming from, you have to understand in my head every image comes from either a book or a film or the radio, need i go on! in a previous life i possibly invented charades, i think your lampshade is straight out of either "The darling buds of may" or vintage "Miss Marple" regardless it is super......x

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  38. It's a very clever idea and it's lovely! BTW, came to your site shopping, but you'd already sold most of your things. Will check back.

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  39. I just breathed a sigh of theraputic relief...it's a blizzard looking out my window here in "the office"...this transported me to warm days and sun.

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  40. Lovely lampshades!I love these rose fabrics!

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  42. Fabulous! I want one..x

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  43. This is lovely!!!!

    Chamara

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  44. Beyond pretty ~ BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Bravo Niki!
    xo,
    Kim

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