I got the lamp last weekend on my thrift store trip, but I've had the lampshade for quite a while. After I put it on the lamp, I felt like it needed a little sumpin' sumpin'. So, I thought about putting some little sparkly, dangly things on the bottom edge, but I've done that to some other lamps, and I wanted to do something different to this shade. And then I thought . . . pillow cases! Yes, pillow cases! I have some older, unmatched pillow cases that have some fun prints on them, and my mom will probably recognize the one I used (hi, mom), and I thought it would be great to cut a swatch off of one of them and cover the lampshade with it! I think my husband was skeptical. But, I had vision!
So, yesterday, I picked out the one I wanted to use, and on my lunch break, I got to work.
I first cut along the seems of the pillow case, to open it up and figure out which part of the pattern I wanted to use on the shade. Then, I did some rough guestimating and cut out enough cloth to cover the shade and pulled out my handy, dandy spray adhesive, and my hot glue gun. I just let the glue gun heat up while I was adhering the fabric to the shade.
I sprayed small sections of the shade with the adhesive and smoothed the pillow case fabric onto the wet parts, being careful to smooth out the wrinkles as I went. Oh, and it was important for me to match up the shade's existing seem with the new seem I was creating. I simply folded the last bit of fabric under to make the new seem, and sprayed it well with the adhesive.
I used my hot glue gun to hold the extra fabric to the inside of the lamp shade, like so . . .
And, here's the shade when I was done. Now to see what it looks like on my new lamp!
Drum roll, please . . .
Isn't it the brightest, cheeriest little thing? I love it! Oh, and I already had all of the supplies for this project, so the total cost was $0 . . . yep, FREE! And the time I invested? 30 minutes. I'm just sayin' . . .
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