Happy Smiles Everyone,
Today I’m sharing my tutorial on how to make a Cottage Lampshade Slipcover.
Yesterday I shared with you our new dining room corner vignette that I showed the slipcover in.
The Slipcover is very quick and easy project that can be sewn or you could even use a hot glue gun.
I came up with the idea because I like to decorate my lampshades seasonally,
but don’t want to buy multiple lampshades.
How I made the Lampshade Slipcover!
First find yourself some pretty fabric, I found mine at Hobby Lobby, on sale of course.
1) Measure around the bottom of your shade.
2) Rip 1″ strips of fabric to determined length you’ll need. (I’m used lining since I was short on fabric, so you can use your main fabric)
3) Rip 4″ wide strips of your fabric, & stitch as many strips together to obtain the length you’ll need (shade + ruffle)
4) I didn’t want a “full” ruffle, but a slightly gathered one for the body. My lampshade measured 48″ around, I stitched 2 strips together (42″ wide fabric) for a total length of 84″ (so what you measurement is double).
I used my ruffler, so easy, if you don’t have one, just use your longest stitch length and pull threads to fullness you want.
5) The 84″ piece of fabric gathered
6) Take the 1″ strips and place underneath “gathering” stitch on wrong side of fabric, use a straight stitched to attach, leaving 3″ at the beginning and end.
7) Next you just wrap the ruffled strip around the lampshade and tie. The tie really holds each section in place.
8) I continued this process, measuring and ruffling for each ruffle section. Each ruffle layer is approximately 1 1/2″ apart.
9) Layers of ruffles were added until 2 1/2″ from top, this came out to be 4 separate ruffles for mine. Determine the spacing you want.
10) I wanted the top ruffle to have a 1″ ruffle extending over the lampshade edge. I determined the material width by starting with a 4″ wide strip added 2″ for top ruffle (1″double fold).
11) I ended up ripping a 8″ wide strip of fabric, played with it until I determined I needed 7 1/2″ wide piece.
12) I folded the top fabric over until the piece measured 5 1/2″ wide.
13) Ruffled the fabric at 1 1/4″ down from top fold, and attached to 1″ strip.
Place the shade so that the ruffle is at the shades top.
Here’s what the back side looks. Once you pull the ends together and tuck “ties’ inside you won’t be able to see.
All finished, how cute is that!
Will you be making one? If you do let me know!