With the launch of #MakingHome I jumped at the chance to get involved. I didn't just think along the lines of 'craft' but what I could make that was usable in my mission to create a beautiful home as well as easily replicable for you Crafty Bs.
I decided I would also cover the cork coasters that we have been using (which we bought to put plant pots on initially).
So here is how to make your lovely lampshade and matching coasters.
Have a think about getting a lampshade making kit. These are available all over the world wide web and they have everything you need except your piece of fabric. My lampshade was a 30cm drum. If you decide not to get a kit then you will need:
- 30cm Lampshade ring
- 30cm Lampshade ring with fitting
- Self adhesive tape
- A plastic store/credit card
- Self adhesive lampshade panel (a kit has one that is 963mmm x 238mm including a 14mm kiss cut)
- Your piece of fabric will need to be 970mm x 255mm
Get your equipment together and ensure that your piece of material is trimmed to be larger than your lampshade panel but small enough to work with easily. Press and lay out onto a flat surface face down placing your lampshade panel on top. Mark around the lampshade panel onto the fabric to help guide you when sticking it down.
Make sure that your fabric is laid out completely flat and face down. Remove part of the backing paper from the lampshade panel (just a few centimetres) and using your guide, place it onto your fabric pressing firmly. Carefully, using your guide, pull the backing paper away as you stick down your panel bit by bit.
Once your panel is completely stuck down and the fabric is how you want it (flip it over and check for crinkles) it's time to get trimming! If you have a pre cut panel with a kiss cut then trim the fabric right along the edge. If you have no kiss cut/removable tab then leave a section of material approx 15mm along the long edges. If you do have a panel with a kiss cut, then snap the perforated edge back and fourth and remove it.
Your panel should now look like this...
…now add a strip of self adhesive tape along one short edge. Don't remove the backing just yet!
Place the rings against the edge of the lampshade panel on the end without the tape. If your print needs to be a certain way up then make sure the ring with the fitting is at the top. You should also make sure that the fitting is on the inside. Now roll the rings all the way along making sure to keep them against the edge of the panel. when you get to the end, remove the backing of the tape on the short edge and stick down.
If you have the right fitting on the shade, you can use it for a lamp (like I have shown in the picture at the top of the post) but I didn't have the right fitting and my fabric pattern would be upside down it I used it the other way so I have mine hanging centre stage in the front room!
Once I had made my lampshade, I had a look at was else needed sprucing up with the rest of the fabric. We were using some cork coasters that I had initially bought to place plant pots on so I decided to make some washable fabric coasters to replace them. Halfway through the process, I realised that my backing fabric was not heavy enough to make them sturdy so I had to change direction! But I will guide you through, giving you two options! You could make removable covers like I did or just fabric coasters.
So here is how!
Squares are much easier to sew either by hand or machine so I drew up some lines to follow. I folded a piece of the fabric in half (right side inward) and used a 10cm x 10cm coaster to draw templates on one side. Then I made a cut in between each square. Essentially you should have a doubled up square. I fused some backing fabric with WonderWeb onto one side. In retrospect, I would have backed the whole piece of fabric before I folded it and drew my template so that is worth doing if you are going to make the covers REMEMBER: If you are going to make fabric coasters rather than 'covers', use a heavy weight backing fabric.
Now for the sewing bit. Either by hand or machine, begin sewing 1cm in on the top line from the top right corner as you look at your template. Turn on the corner, sewing the entire square, finishing 1cm in from the top left corner on the top line. You should have a gap big enough to turn your coaster the right way round.
Because we have sewn with lines as a guide your seams might be large, trim them up and snip the corners.
If you are making fabric coasters and you have backed both sides with heavy duty backing fabric or fabric stiffener, turn your coaster the right way, using a blunt tool (maybe the wrong end of a pencil) to push out your corners. Press and sew closed the open edge. My backing fabric wasn't heavy enough so instead of replacing the cork coaster, I decided to brighten them up. Before I turned my covers the right way out I used some WonderWeb to press down the open seams.
Then I took some self adhesive velcro pads that I had lying around and stuck them either side of the opening. I tucked my coaster inside and...
…VOILA! Boring cork coaster to lovely bright co-ordinating coaster!
I love a bit of upcyling and these impromptu home decor projects have been great for getting a bit of colour into our home. I specifically love Hillarys' Rayna Apple fabric and can only wonder if I might now need the matching curtains, or maybe I have enough fabric to whip up some matching tie backs to go on my existing curtains…mmmmm...
I hope you have been inspired to go and get a lampshade kit and don't forget that if you are also in the throws of #MakingHome, Hillarys might be worth a little look! Pop along and share your projects with the Crafty B's on the Mrs Crafty Facebook page and let me know if you decide to have a go at either of these projects!
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