I took a lamp and shade from Walmart and set about making the lampshade pretty. I have learned since my last lampshade cover, that there is a right way to do this: trace the lampshade onto paper first.
You have to roll the lampshade along the paper and trace as you go. It's all very complicated and I think I slipped a disc in my back while doing it, but I survived. When you're done, cut out your tracing and you'll have something like this (that is, if you have this same shaped lamp shade):
Now, if you are super-talented, you just cut out the fabric using this as a template. I did not do this exactly, and here's why: If I cut out the fabric using this, I would waste a lot of fabric for the cut. It's a wonky shape and since my fabric was cut in straight lines when I bought it, I would have scraps after this project to work with. Scraps make me sad. So here's what I did: I folded this pattern in half and cut my fabric. That way, I would be able to use less fabric from the roll.
Did any of that make sense? Probably not. Ah well, at least I'm still gorgeous.
See? I folded it in half and cut two of them. This gave me seams in my lamp, but they don't bother me at all and I didn't waste any fabric.
I ironed the fabric and used heat bond tape to get a good folded edge for my seams.
And then I hot glued the fabric to the lampshade, tucking and gluing the edges as I went.
Once that was done, I had a covered lamp... too cute!
Oh, but I didn't stop there... I added some beads to the bottom. Oh, yes I did. I love the beaded trim you can get at Hobby Lobby, it is cuter than a bucket of kittens sleeping on top of a bucket of puppies. 'Cause that is cute.
I told you, it's the cutest lamp on my desk... hands down.