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Cus­tomise a plain ta­ble lamp­shade with a pretty botan­i­cal print You will need

• Vin­tage but­ter­fly/botan­i­cal im­ages (avail­able copy­right-free from the­graph­ics­fairy.com)

• Com­puter

• Inkjet printer

• A4 inkjet or­gandie fab­ric (£14.90 for 5 sheets, vy­combe-arts.co.uk)

• A4 pa­per

• Iron-on hem­ming tape

• Match­ing thread and nee­dle

• Mini pom­pom trim

• Plain lamp­shade (ours is 16cm high)

• Slim or­ganza rib­bon

To Make

❶ Se­lect your copy­right-free im­ages from the in­ter­net. Cut and paste, then re­size ac­cord­ing to the di­men­sions and lay­out on to an A4 for­mat.

❷ Be­fore print­ing on your or­gandie sheets, print on to pa­per first to check your de­sign. When happy, print on to your or­gandie fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. We used three sheets with the same de­sign printed in a land­scape for­mat. Join the sheets to­gether us­ing hem­ming tape to make a long rec­tan­gle. Hand-stitch a hem on the top and bot­tom. Stitch the pom­pom trim along the bot­tom edge. Then join the two ends to­gether us­ing hem­ming tape to make a cylin­der.

❸ Place the or­gandie cylin­der over the lamp­shade. Dou­ble up your thread and hand-stitch a line of run­ning stitch all the way round the cylin­der, ap­prox­i­mately one-fifth of the way down from the top hem. Pull tight to fit the lamp­shade and se­cure the thread. Re­move from the shade and cover the stitches with a length of or­ganza rib­bon se­cured by hand-stitch­ing. Place back over the shade.

NOTE Or­gandie should never be in di­rect con­tact with the light bulb.

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