Friday, May 2, 2014

How to recover a lampshade with old lace tablecloth

I tried to share this post with you yesterday but my computer had an issue, this is the second time in a month that I've had this problem, I hope we got it fixed today. I hate when this happens!

So I continue......... I have been busy working on a few small projects inside the house since it's too humid to paint my remaining dining room chairs and too cold to paint in the shed anyway. Really, REALLY wish it would warm up and stay warm.......I'm sure I'm not alone:)

I had such great luck with a lampshade that I made for resale a while back (two ladies were fighting over it:) that I was asked to make another one that resembled it. So my daughter and I set out to find some vintage shades that I could use and was lucky enough to find two.

I used the same old tablecloth for this lampshade that I made my last one out of, hoping the customer returns and is delighted to see I've made another one just for her:) I hope she buys it cuz I'm running out of this tablecloth!



I used the one to the left for this project




It was pretty beat up so I got it for $3.00!




I will attempt to explain how I did this............

First I cut the table cloth to fit the lamp body, I think this one was 14" tall and 55" around the bottom. So I cut a rectangular piece 14" x 55".
I start out on the bottom of the shade since it's the widest part, I know once I get that all sewn on, I can work the top and make it fit.




I use the edge of this old table cloth and sew it in place at the base of the lamp first, then I hand stitched it along one of the "ribs", I guess you could call them.




I hand stitched it all the way to the top (which is upside down here) of the lamp.





I then lay the body on it's side and start stitching the tablecloth all along the bottom of the lamp.





Positioning it so it's tight, but not too tight that it will tear, this tablecloth is old so I was careful not to pull to hard.




Once I got all of the bottom stitched on, I set the shade right side up and did the same thing to the top of the shade body, only now I had to work the cloth so it fit the smaller diameter of the top of the shade (still not sure how I did this so well without having any puckers and pleats!!)

I also stitched along that same "rib" to close the lamp shade up.




Once I had everything stitched into place, I used my glue gun and added some decorative trim to the inside to cover my raw edge.








The shade is finished, now for some embellishments. I made one large flower and two smaller flowers using this method. Sorry I didn't take more pictures but it's hard to do when you have your hands full and I had gluey hands!




I bought a silk skirt awhile back just for the fabric and it has come in handy, I have got a lot of mileage from that skirt! I cut about a 1 1/2" x 2' strip of silk fabric and glued the end on the fabric circle and while I turn the circle I twist the fabric, gluing it on as I go until I reach the end. Does that make sense??

I did three circles in the same manner, and then I glued them all on another piece of fabric, as sort of a "base" for them.

I added some rhinestone buttons and then I simply used a tiny bit of glue and glued them to the shade! 















I think it turned out beautiful!








Especially when the light is on:)








34 comments:

  1. Lights on, lights off; it's beautiful! I hope it sells immediately. You are so amazing, Rhonda!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I hope so too!

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  2. I love this lamp shade.

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  3. I love your beautiful lace lampshade.

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    1. Thank you Dee! And thanks for visiting my blog!

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  4. Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

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  5. Your lamp shade is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing how you did it~~~

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    1. Thank you so much, and your welcome:)

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  6. I think it's beautiful too. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog Miss Maggie!

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  8. Gorgeous shade - lights on or off! Thanks for the clear tutorial on how to create a lace shade.

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  9. Thank you Donna! I hope you are able to understand how I did this so you can make one for yourself. It looks intimidating but honestly is a very easy project.

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  10. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I have a shade to cover too. It is macramé right now and it is quite a job to get all that off the frame to get to the pretty lace work I hope to do. The lamp is a floor model from the 1930's. Should be a beauty when it is finished.

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    1. I hope you will blog about it when you're finished with it, I would love to see it!

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  11. Featured you at Sundays from Home this week!

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  12. Indeed it is beautiful! I would LOVE for you to link this up to my party - still live from Thursday at Revisionary Life. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment & the invite! It's linked up, thank you!

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  13. SO glad you did, Rhonda! You're going to be featured within the hour.:) Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

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  14. This is fabulous! Wow, so much ingenuity went into this project. I love it!
    Julie @ Renaissance Mermaid

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    1. Thank you Julie! Now I'm on the hunt for another lace tablecloth so I can make more!

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  15. I love lace anything actually did something like this,not as pretty of course as yours

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  17. Anonymous8:21:00 PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial too

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    1. Thank you, and you are welcome!

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  18. How do you keep the lace tablecloth from unraveling when you cut it to size?

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    1. I was afraid of that happening, but it did not ravel at all! None of my lace projects do. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  19. My late Irish mother-in-law recovered lampshades; I did not appreciate all that hard work at the time; I do now! You did a beautiful job and anyone would be proud to have that shade in theri home!!

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