It’s amazing what you can do in the space of 5 uninterrupted hours! This morning I decided to move my felted lampshade upstairs onto the landing which left a big gap in the sitting room. I need a good light to work under in the evenings so I decided to make this lampshade to replace the old one. Having acquired a random selection of fabrics over the years I figured it was time to get it all out and put it use…..at last!
Making a fabric patchwork lampshade is really REALLY simple.
You need PVA glue, a paint brush, a lampshade (obviously!) a selection of fabric and about 5 hours. That last one is usually the hardest to come by!
Lots of you are asking what PVA Glue is which is a good question! It’s a great wood glue that can be mixed with water to create a primer too. To be honest I think it may be the same as mod podge but as I’ve not used mod podge I can’t be certain!
You need an old lampshade
A selection of fabric
Cut your fabric into squares. They don’t need to be exact because they are going to overlap. I sorted mine into colour ways because I wanted each panel to be a different colour way.
Using PVA glue slightly watered down paint it onto the lamp with an old paintbrush and stick your fabric patch onto it. Paint the fabric with more glue ensuring it is completely covered in the glue.
Continue to stick your fabric patches as before ensuring that you stick each new patch next to the previous one.
Work each panel ensuring that all the fabric is glued really well. Make sure you are having FUN!!!
When you have finished all the panels attach the lampshade to its base (I can’t say wait for the glue to dry because I didn’t wait!!!!) Stand back and be really proud!
There are still the finishing touches to be added – gluing some lovely trimming around the edges perhaps but for today tis will do!
What I like about doing each panel a different colour scheme is that you can turn the lamp round to have the colour that best suits the room.