CREATE A DREAMY ADDITION to your décor with this simple lampshade makeover. Select a fabric with medium- to large-scale motifs, and then add dimension with coordinating buttons and hand stitching.
YOU WILL NEED:
• 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 yard of printed fabric, depending on the lampshade size
• fabric adhesive
• hand embroidery needle
• coordinating embroidery floss
• assorted buttons
• sharp scissors
1. Select the fabric print motifs that you like best. Fussy cut (see “Make a Fuss” below) around each motif edge.
2. Arrange the motifs on the lampshade until you’re happy with their placement. Spray adhesive on the wrong side of each motif. Position the motifs on the lampshade, finger pressing to adhere them to the surface.
3. To add decorative hand stitching, thread the needle with three strands of embroidery floss. Knot the floss ends. Poke the needle through from the lampshade inside and stitch around the motifs outer edges.
4. Position the buttons as desired on the lampshade. Hand stitch them in place, knotting the thread ends on the lampshade inside.
SOURCE | Westminster Fibers provided the Drawing Room fabric by Anna Maria Horner. Visit freespiritfabric.com to find a retailer near you.
MAKE A FUSS
To “fussy-cut” means to select and cut out a particular area of printed fabric rather than randomly cutting yardage as usual. Quilters often use fussy-cutting to achieve optimum design harmony in their quilts. It’s also a great way to utilize small pieces of favorite printed fabric. For the embellished lampshade, cut around the fabric motifs as roughly or “fussily” as you please. Here are a few other fussy ideas: 7
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