Hi everyone! I hope you are warm inside in this chilly weather!
I wanted to share a lamp shade I made from feed sacks...
This lamp is one of two that came from Family Dollar and cost $10. The original shade was more ornate. I thought it looked way too formal with the old wood box.
So I took it all apart and used the old shade as a pattern.
I made a ruffle for the bottom by cutting a length of fabric and doubling it. I then ran two parallel gathering stitches with the sewing machine.
To make really nice and even gathers, run two stitches with a very loose tension, then pull the two bottom threads to gather. You can even the stitches out as you pull the bottom threads. There is no shortcut for this that will come out as nice, so it's definitely worth it to take the time and do two stitches.
I then pinned the ruffle onto the shade and sewed from the inside between the two parallel stitches.
After attaching the ruffle, pull out the gathering threads so they do not show. To make it look nicer, I ran the serger along the edge.
I used the serger on all the seams so it would be neater. Remember, lamp shades will show any mistakes when the lights are turned on. I attached it to the original frame exactly like the old shade was attached with hot glue...
I first had it turned this way so the print shows...
Then I decided to turn it around. It can go either way.
I also exchanged the Moroccan mirror for two vintage bird prints my mother let me have. I am loving these, and I know they will be great as Spring approaches.
I took away the crock with greenery and brought out a silver tray with candy... my dad loves these spice drops and they are always here when he drops by for a visit. The storage jars came from my parents' basement, and the pretty cut crystal one was passed down from a family member.
I'm really enjoying my little feed sack shade! I have made several things from these feed sacks my grandfather saved, so I'll be sharing some more projects soon.
We still have Three Kings Day to celebrate Friday, then I can start taking Christmas stuff down this weekend. I always hate to see it go, but I'm anxious to play with my toile and tartan look for winter.
Thanks SO much for stopping by!!
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