September 14, 2009

Shabby Chic Pleated Shade


The Shabby Chic Pleated Shade

Full of lovely, romantic ruffles, and only 4 steps involved! Let's get started!

1. Start with a plain lampshade. whichever shape you like.

2. Cut out enough strips to cover the shade. You'll want about 3x the measurement of your shade. For example, if your shade is 40" around the top, make the first strip about 120".
3. Fold the strips over to make pleats all the way down, and pin each pleat.
Wrap the strips around the shade, to make sure they fit, and then sew strait down the strip, to hold the pleats together.

Look at all that ruffly goodness!!

4. Pin the start of each strip to the lampshade, to see where they will need to go, and use a glue gun to attach them. Try to glue along the stitching, so it doesn't show through lighter fabric when the lamp is turned on.

All done!
Turn on the light, and admire your handiwork!



37 comments:

  1. That is so cute! I think I might have to copy you and do this for our master bedroom lamps. CUTE!!! -Kelsee

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  2. That is very feminine. It looks great

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  3. That's so cute! Too bad I don't have a lamp! Except the one in Jack's room, but I just don't think this would look very good in there! =)

    I am going to put some sailboat (and maybe a lighthouse) silhouette on his though! Yay!

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  4. So beautiful! I might have to do this to!!!!!

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  5. Oh myyyyyy, I've been making strings and strings of ruffles for my kitten to play with but I do believe this is another valuable way to use those ruffles! Thanks for the idea, it looks beautiful!

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  6. I'm doing a post on ruffles towards the end of the week at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com and will be including this in it. Check it out!

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  7. That's adorable. I will have to do this when I get a lamp for Pear & Jovie's room.

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  8. I love all of those ruffles. It's so pretty

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  9. This is fabulous!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-ruffled-lampshade-2/2009/09/14/

    --Anne

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  10. Could you come over some day and do this in my house? :-)
    - Cougar Tales
    www.cougar-tales.blogspot.com

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  11. Hello!
    I really like your how to. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (http://www.petitcitron.com/index.php/form_howto.html)
    Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
    Thank you,
    Perrine

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  12. This is so cute! Good job!

    Dropping in from SITS.

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  13. Very pretty! I'm a big fan of ruffles so I'll be making one or two for sure, thanks for sharing.

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  14. I am so in love with this lamp! Ruffles are so sophisticated and girly without being over the top. And they are timeless. LOVE IT!

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  15. Wow, that is beautiful. I'll have to add "shade" to my thrift store hunt list. I'll be linking as well.

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  16. Such a darling idea!!! Soooo cute!! I don't know if I have commented on u
    your blog or not yet, but I have meant to!! It is just wonderful and you have fabulous ideas!! I hope you have a fabulous night!!! Huge hugs!! Britt :-)

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  17. This is just perfect!!!! I love it. Thank you for sharing the instructions.

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  18. I LOVE this! We have a vintage lamp from my husband's childhood nursery. I've been looking for a way to pretty up the lampshade, and this is PERFECT!

    I just found your blog today and I love it!

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  19. I SEW LOVE THIS IDEA :))@! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING I'VE GOT 2 LAMPS THAT NEED SHADES DESPERATELY *BUT WITH THE CRUNCH ON $$ I'VE BEEN WAITING TO FIND CREATIVE AND THIS IS IT!! I JUST LOVE YOURS HOPEFULLY MINE WILL turn out great too AND I CAN BLOG ABOUT THEM...LOVE YOUR BLOG THIS IS MY FIRST VISIT.

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  20. What an awesome and easy idea! I looooove funky lamps and cool shades.

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  21. I love this lamp, the color of the silk reminds me of the color of new pointe shoes; so pretty!

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  22. This is romantic and lovely! Well done!

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  23. Wow, you have a great blog! Good Job!

    Do you have site? So we can share insights too? Here’s mine www.victorianlampshadesupply.com/ Hope I could see you there. 

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  24. Looks great! So fluffy and cute!

    ~ www.billiemonster.com ~

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  25. I think I will cut all the stips, sew them together and run them through the ruffler on my sewing machine. glue around the shade once, cut and start another row, cut and do another row etc. Going to practice before I do the project.

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  26. I brought a vintage standing lamp today from an auction. It has ruffles at the top on the lampshade and is in need of repair. The shade also has marble at the bottle of it. It is beautiful. Thanks for having a how to on how to make the ruffles. I can redo the lamp myself!

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  27. I am totally enamored of this lampshade. My only question is whether you end up seeing the glue? I know you said to try to stay on the stitching, and I just wondered if doing that solves that problem.

    I think I have made note of the links to about 75% of your tutorials. I want to make almost everything you've shown! I'm so inspired. Thanks for all the time and love you put into this blog!

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  28. Thanks SO much for posting this!!! I am headed off to college this fall, and I had bought a cute but rather boring yellow lamp for $3 at a garage sale. When I found your post I was so excited to try it out- I started and finished it today, and it was so much fun, and turned out even better than I imagined! It looks adorable whether it's on or not, and I know it'll cheer up my dorm room this year! Blessings! :)

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  29. I love this! I'm going through all your home tutorials saving ideas as my little family and I are moving back to CA soon after living in China for a year. My 2.5 year old said it looks like a cake :)

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  30. What kind of fabric did you use here?

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