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Think it's too complicated to make your own lampshade? Think again! Use this easy video and written instructions to be on your way to a beautifully handmade lampshade in merely a few hours.
How to Make a Nautical Lampshade
For a 20cm lampshade, you will need:
- 20cm lampshade kit
- 0.25m Ahoy Yachts Sky fabric
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Metal rule (optional)
- Weights (optional)
- Lampshade base
How to make:
- Lay your fabric out flat, right side down.
- Lay the backing paper from your kit onto the fabric and cut around the fabric if necessary to remove excess.
- Next you need to stick the backing paper to the back of your fabric. The easiest way to do this is to weight your fabric down at the far end, and peel away the backing of the paper gradually, using a metal rule to help stick down and remove any air bubbles as you go.
- Trim the fabric to the size of your backing paper.
- Bend along the perforations at the top and bottom of the backing, then tear off these strips.
- Using the double sided tape in the box, cut a strip long enough for one short edge. Stick down onto the edge which you would like to be on top on the finished lampshade.
- Next, use the double sided tape to cover the round edge of the lampshade drum top and bottom. Ensure that they are well covered.
- Peel off the tape covering and align your wire top and bottom at the opposite end to your double sided tape strip, remembering to ensure the bottom one is facing the right way.
- Gently and evenly, roll the wire circles down the length of your fabric, keeping the edges aligned right up against the edges of the paper backing.
- When you get to the other short edge, remove the tape covering on the double sided strip and stick down firmly.
- Cut notches in the top and bottom areas of fabric where the cross wires are. This will help create a professional finish.
- Using your hands, roll the fabric in and over the wire circles, trying to stick down firmly and tuck the ends underneath as much as possible.
- Using the tool provided in the box, tuck under the remaining ends of the fabric to keep firmly in place.
- Trim any frays away, screw onto your lampshade base and voila - one lampshade!
So you've heard about the new Multipom, right? The easiest way to make a ton of pompoms all in one go. Well, we thought we'd better feature some good pompom projects to make off the back having all these poms at your fingertips! And because it's not a long way off now... they gotta be Easter pom projects!
6 Easter Pompom Projects
Want to know more about the Multipom? Check out the video below, and if you need one for yourself, you can buy one now!
Hoppity hop, the Easter bunny is on his way! And if you haven't seen him yet, you'd better get on with some bunny themed sewing projects to encourage him to come and visit, to leave some yummy eggs behind...
12 Bunny-themed Projects You'll Go Bananas For!
There seems to be a national day for everything now... and supposedly 19th March is national poultry day! We prefer our chickens looking cute and cuddly, so today we're bringing you the best chicken-themed projects we can find...
Best Chicken and Hen Sewing Projects for Easter
Following on from the popularity of our previous gifting post, 6 Gifts to Make for Him That He'll Actually Like, we decided to have a rummage around for some more good ideas for handmade gifts. They are just so hard to find! But never fear, here they are...
6 More Cool Valentine's Day Gifts to Make for Him
Share your own Valentine's gift projects below!
In the words of Beyonce: all the single ladies, put your hands up! Now, although you may think you can't celebrate on Valentine's Day because you don't have a S.O., we say - celebrate being single! So we've put together a selection of fab projects to make for yourself, to celebrate YOU! (Gentlemen, you're included in this party for one too).
Valentine's Projects for all the Single Ladies (and Gentlemen)
Get the kids involved on Valentine's Day too, by giving them a fun project to do and use to share the love around them! Some are just fun projects, others could be made into gifts for their loved ones, whether family, friends or crushes...
8 Valentine's Projects for Kids
Share your thoughts or any other great projects you've found below!
Browsing the web for projects can take up an awful lot of time, but the in the process of looking for a great project, you quite often find some quirky ones that you might have a go at too! We've brought the best of the weird and wonderful projects we could find for Valentine's Day together in one place.
Weird and Wonderful Valentine's Day Projects
(if you want to use the beige fabric, Spraytime Natural is a good substitute)
Got your own weird and wonderful sewing projects? Comment below to share them!
Want to show off your fab sewing projects AND be in with a chance to win some goodies from our website? Read on...
NEW: Star Stitcher Competition!
From 1st February, we will be launching our new Star Stitcher competition. Every month, we will be giving away a £10 gift voucher for our products to the project we think deserves to win.
Some months there may be a theme, others we will leave it open to you!
We'll be accepting entries from all abilities and will pick based on originality, design and execution according to your skill level - so beginners, don't be put off!
You can enter once a month, by sending in photos of your projects with a short description and your contact details (name, email address and/or postal address). Please email in your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or share with and tag us on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #starstitcher
Entries will close at midnight on the last day of each month, and we'll pick a winner within 7 days. If you're the winner, we'll be in contact within a week via email.
Don't forget to share this post on your social media accounts so everyone can have a chance at winning!
Happy sewing - we look forward to your entries!
Got so many scraps that you don't know what to do with them? Work on your overflow in the best way possible by stitching up some fun projects to decorate your home or give away as little presents. Scrap-busting doesn't have to be painful!
10 Great Sewing Projects for Using Up Scrap Fabric
All work and no play...
Decorate your home