Patchwork Lampshade

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

You need an old lampshade

A selection of fabric

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.

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. Cover the fabric with glue until it is soaked.

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.

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!!!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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35 responses to “Patchwork Lampshade

  1. Absolutely amazing!! Im going to have to make one for my studio…. when I sort my studio out 🙂

    • You can buy scrap bundles of fabric from eBay really cheaply, which is great for stuff like this. I usually get them for English Paper Piecing.

  2. You know I have wanted to do this for ages but always ‘over thought’ just how to do it…..seeing it is this simple has given me a new incentive to do it. Cant wait to find a lamp standard and lamp shade to get one done. One will look lovely in our new flat. Thanks again.

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  4. Just seen this. I have a cream lampshade just like that one. It’s on my Indian brass lamp. Wonder if I can find some suitable Indian fabric ……

  5. As many of your followers I too have been waiting for inspiration and encouragement that this is something exciting to do. I look forward to starting. Diane

  6. I’ve just tried this & my material has gone all bumpy once dry? What did I do wrong? 😬 Thanks

    • Claire I am so sorry that your fabric went all bumpy and I cant offer an explanation I’m afraid. I did keep a close eye on my lampshade as it was drying and kept flattening it with a paintbrush. I wonder if the fabric was completely saturated in the glue? – I found that mine was. What a pity it didn’t work you must be feeling very fed up 😦

    • Hi Deanna, Yes it can all get glued as it seeps through the fabric anyway so don’t worry about how the glue is spread about. Once it is dry the fabric is stiff and makes the perfect lampshade 🙂

  7. Thank you , thank you , I’ve been wondering what to do with all these lampshades I’ve got that don’t go anywhere , now I know what to do with them .im decorating the whole house, so loads of different fabrics to play with …going to take some time but worth it in the end..wendy

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