LUXE TEXTURE LAMPSHADE
Plain drum lampshade
1m (393/ 8") blush pink velvet fabric
1m (393/ 8") matching pink fringed trimming
Double-sided sticky tape
Old bank card
01 Measure the circumference of the lampshade and add 1.5cm ( 5 /8"). Cut a length of fringed trimming to this measurement. Measure the height of the lampshade and add 4cm (15/ 8").
02 Lay the velvet fabric wrong side ( WS) up. Mark out a rectangle with tailor’s chalk using the measurements calculated in Step 1 and cut it out.
03 Using the tailor’s chalk, measure and mark a 2cm ( ") guideline along both of the long edges on the WS of the rectangle. Place double-sided tape inside the 2cm ( ") guidelines, roughly 1cm ( 3 /8") up, and stick all the way along. Add double-sided tape along both of the short edges, as shown. Do not peel off the backing.
04 Before unpeeling the tape, roll the lampshade between the two marked lines to practise the process. Next, unpeel the tape from one short end and along both long edges, leaving the tape at the other short end stuck down. Put the lampshade in position and gently roll it onto the fabric, securing it into place, while keeping the fabric straight and slightly taut. Continue rolling the lampshade onto the fabric, making sure it’s sticking well as you go. When you get to the overlap at the back, unpeel the remaining tape and stick it down.
05 Stick small strips of doublesided tape to the inside of both metal rings, all the way around. Using the old bank card, fold the excess velvet fabric at the top and bottom over the edges of the lampshade and behind the metal ring, all the way around. At each supporting arm, snip the fabric so it can sit at either side comfortably, as shown, and continue tucking it in.
06 Attach the length of fringed trimming with the fabric glue, slowly turning the lampshade around on its side to keep it even. Leave to dry and trim to neaten if required.
Textile graduate and mum Sally Whiting is passionate about all vintage fabrics, from large floral pieces to abstract geometric designs. She uses her fabric finds to make bespoke lampshades and homewares. You can find Sally regularly sharing her retro-flavoured creations over on Instagram @madebysallywhiting.
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