Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Paper and Ruffles Lampshade Redo

Have you ever completed a project only to decide you don't like it and do it over again?  That's what happened with a couple lamps I was working on for our master bedroom.  Thankfully I didn't have to redo the whole thing, just the lampshades.

I wanted to try to decorate our bedroom (since it really hasn't been decorated at all) and bring in some warm colors so a while back I spray painted two matching lamps red. 

M Lamp
M Lamp 3
The two lampshades I had on them were plain white (too stark of a contrast for me), so I Modge Podged some paper with some dried grass and other natural flecks of stuff in it.  At first I hot glued double fold bias tape to the rim of the shade, and it looked pretty good, but I wasn't too in love with it.
Lampshade 3

Lampshade 2

M Lamp 4

So I decided to take off the bias tape and replace it with ruffles.  Okay, so maybe I just wanted an excuse to use this fabulous thing...


This ruffler attachment, although looks like its modern counterparts, is from 1957.  It's a great companion to my 1954 sewing machine.

I started out by cutting strips of fabric 1" wide (although I could have used ribbon as well) and left the edges raw.


I just sewed down the middle and had instant gathered trim!  I could have also used elastic thread on the bobbin to get the same result.


Then with some hot glue, I had my finished product. (I found that ruffles on the top and bottom looked a bit too frilly for my taste)




Linking to all the fabulous link parties on my "Blog Parties I Link to" page.


  1. Great style and the talent to make it happen.

  2. That is really cute I love that you have a vintage sewing machine and that it still works. they don't make 'em like they used to :)

  3. Very elegant! I love it :) Thanks for linking up.

  4. Thank you all very much! Becky, it's true, this is a strong, well-built machine and has made it to it's third generation. I love it :) Although it's not so portable -- it weighs a ton!

  5. Love the ruffle! And jealous of that ruffler!

  6. I love the ruffle!! You're so creative!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. So very happy I found your blog - what a super cute DIY project! Stopping by from the Paisley Passions blog hop!

    Wishing you a wonderful 2011!

    - Meg

    [Life of Meg]

  8. Looks great! Thanks for linking up and sharing at Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :) Hope you stop by again soon :)

  9. SO cute! What a fabulous redo! Great job!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  10. Visiting from The shabby Chic Cottage. Very cute!

  11. cute idea - I like the paper mod podged onto the shade, I have a stark one I don't love... this might be the solution!

  12. Ok - I'm lovin the color of those red lampshades! My bedroom so needs a redo!

    Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

    Punkin Seed Productions


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