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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: DIY Ruffled Fabric Lamp Shade . . .

Are you all about the Ruffled Cake craze and wishing you could enjoy one of those beauties all year long?  Well, now you can bring the fluffy goodness to your home decor with this simple little project from tater tots & jello and mama says sew.

Perfect for a baby's nursery, a little girl's room, or a feminine sitting area and completely inexpensive too . . . you will be amazed at just how easy it is to put together one of these lovely lamps of your own and finally embrace your inner design diva!  Here's what you do . . .


Supplies You Will Need:
~ Lamp & Lamp shade (I would head to your local thrift store and pick one up-then repurpose the base with a can of spray paint from the craft store - I like Krylon from Michael's:)
~ Glue gun & 10 or so glue sticks
~ 1 1/2 yards of Burlap or other stiff material (felted wool works well too and gives you a few more color options!)


1.) First, cover the shade in a layer of burlap.  Cut a piece big enough to go all the way around the shade and fold over about an inch to the inside on the top and bottom.  Only glue on the inside along the top and bottom of the lamp shade, pulling the burlap taut as you go, so the glue doesn't leak through the holes of the burlap on the outside:)

2.) Next, cut the rest of the burlap into strips. Cut them double the width you want your ruffles to be, and about 1.5 times as long as your shade is tall. Fold them in half and press them off with the iron.

3.) Now you’re ready to glue the ruffles to the shade.  Put several inches of glue on the fold of your burlap and glue it onto the lamp in a squiggly line.

(This is the strip before it is stuck onto the lamp shade.  It’s straight where it hasn't been attached to the shade and bent where it has already been glued to the shade.)

As you go, don’t make the burlap ruffle all the same way to add interest.  You’ll end up with gaps, which you can fill as shown below:  The arrow is pointing to the gap.

And now the gap has been filled with a ruffle of burlap. . .

Close-up of the finished shade . . .

And the final masterpiece . . . 

As always, a touch more inspiration . . .

And a little of the felted wool version, if rustic isn't your thing . . .

White ruffled lamp (Courtesy of Little Inspiration)

Quick, easy, and downright fun crafty goodness!!  Happy Tuesday!


  1. I'm new to this crafting business ;) How would you go about making the ruffle lamp shade from felted wool?

  2. I loved the look of this so much, I didn't even read the entire post - I just started working on my lamp! ahaha!

    I posted it on my blog, and have linked to yours! :)