I am really starting to get worried I’m not finding enough stuff to stock the booth with. However, my store room is full of items that need this or that done to them to make them booth-worthy — so I figured it’s about time I get started working on that stuff while I’m waiting for yard sale season to gear up. I’ve got six or seven vintage glass lamps in there that I really wanted to pair with a shade before putting in the booth — though I don’t know if that’s the best business practice or not. I mean, once you pair a lamp with a shade that’s covered in anything but a neutral fabric, you’ve pretty much pigeon-holed that lamp/shade combo for someone who has that specific color scheme in their room. But I just can’t stand the sight of a bare lamp on the shelf. It’s a case of practical vs. pretty!

Well, I am anything but practical, so I started my lampshade-making with this overly-colorful project:

I have always avoided covering the lampshades with panels, choosing to stick with round lampshades that you just have to roll fabric on to. I don’t sew, AT ALL, so sewing panels and making piping and what-not are not within my powers. However, I started seeing projects like this with these kinds of lampshades, and I had half a mind to do that, but I love the fabric so much I wanted as much of it to show as possible. So I came up with this.

I started with a plain white lampshade I got from Potter’s Thrift for $2, and just pulled the top and bottom trim off of it before starting. I had already torn this fabric into strips, because I was going to use this for a fabric scrap banner, so it was just a matter of spraying the back with Alene’s Spray Adhesive, pressing them on the shade, and cutting to size.

The strips are different colors, and they overlap in a most slap-dashery fashion, because the top of the lampshade is smaller than the bottom which requires some wonkiness to get everything covered properly. I’m hoping that the unruliness of it works with the kind of deconstructed look.

When I finished, I wasn’t thrilled with the messiness on the inside of the shade. Luckily, years ago I bought a bazillion packages of seam binding in all kinds of fun colors from an estate sale. Why? Because they were cheap. Do I need a better reason? I found the perfect color and finished the shade on the top and bottom inside with it.

Now I’m just kind of looking at it as it sits atop one of the glass lamps. I can’t figure out if I like it enough to sell it and, if so, if it’s too big for it’s little partner.

I have some regrets: I wish I had used fewer fabric patterns. It’s a little busy, I think. Also, the edges are unfinished, and I thought I would like the fraying look, but it’s like it’s not quite fraying enough to be a real “look” and instead could look like a mistake. But on the whole, I love the cheerful vibe of it. It was a pretty quick project, though it’s difficult for me to tell you how long it took. Do you live with two meddlesome monkeys? Who seem to take great pleasure in waiting for you to become engrossed in a project before wreaking pure and utter havoc upon your home? If so, it will probably take you a little over an hour. If not, you can probably knock this out in less than thirty minutes.

February 21, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Jane Hightower This looks so cute! I love those colors.

March 1, 2014 - 3:28 am

Veronica ferguson Love that! What a great idea. I don’t think it looks too fussy at all – it’s really lively and charming.