Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ruffle Lamp Shade

The other day I noticed a nice crack on our downstairs lamp shade. What the??? How did that get there?

I've learned not to ask questions and just fix the problem.

I thought I would try and hide the crack with some ruffles. I wanted to use a light fabric and I had some leftover linen I thought would work great. The only problem is that it was too short to make one really long ruffle, so I compromised and cut the whole square into 3 1/2" wide strips. 

On two of them, I ironed a little hem to use as the top ruffles.

If you have a ruffle foot for your sewing machine--oh, how I envy you! I totally want one of those suckers. If you don't have one, set your tension to the highest it can go...mine was a 4. This will create a loooong stitch that will be easy to pull and make a ruffle.

My bunch-o-ruffles!

I used my hot glue gun to attach the strips to the lampshade.

When the ruffles got too short, I just added another one to finish the layer. See where they attach?

It turned out ok, I think...for a completely free project.

I left the edges un-hemmed to give it that nice shabby-chic feel.

Lights on!

 I think I really like my shabby-chic lamp shade.


  1. Meg,
    You had a great idea's looks soooo cute!!!


  2. Cute cute cute. I love this to hide lampshades that are getting old. My last post on my blog is a ruffle lampshade as well but made with ummmm coffee filters :) lol...


  3. Adorable. I'm in the process of making my own for our master bedroom.

  4. It's nice and I like it unhemmed too!

  5. I really like the look of the shade when the lamp is turned on. It shows the texture and layering so well.

    You have inspired me...

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my main blog)

  6. This turned out so cute! Well done. :)

  7. Adorable! I was expecting just a little patch but I love that you completely revamped it! Love it. :) I'm your newest follower! Thanks for commenting over at Third Floor Design Studio. :)

  8. So pretty and what a simple fix to a crack! Love it! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  9. Great job Meg! I love the fabric that you used! Angie xo

  10. perfection, I love it!! This might be what my lamp in the family room needs :)

  11. love the look! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings!

  12. Love this! I have been thinking of making one for our guest bedroom.

  13. I adore ruffles! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    By the way, I am hosting my first link party, and would love to have you link this up to it--

  14. Stopping by from the Show and Share. This is super cute!

  15. So pretty, love how it looks with the light on. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love the way this turned out. Thanks so much for linking it up to Fab Friday. Please come back again next week!

    Warmly, Michelle


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