Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pillowcase Lamp Shade

Thank you for all your kind comments on my little trip around The Cove here, I am really enjoying floofing around the house and putting treasures in different rooms and just seeing what I can come up with.

When I was glued to Pinterest looking for inspirations for the bonus room I ran across this:




I love the shabbiness of it and it looked like something that I could handle, so off to Walmart I went.
I picked up two standard white pillowcases for around $10.


I cut the pillowcase so I could get as many strips out as I could.
Just make sure that your strips are going to be long enough to go around the lamp shade.


To make things easier, I cut into it about an inch and then ripped the rest of the way.  


These sheets tear brilliantly! 


I had just enough strips to cover the shade and I am sure that there is some mathematical way to figure that out before you start but unfortunately I don't know that. :)
So, I guessed. :)


Now you just tie on your strips and place the knot/bow in the position that want overlapping each strip.


You will have little gaps in certain areas but if your shade is the same color you won't notice.
(Although it would be cool to do a different color and have that contrast)


Here is what it looks like all finished up.


Now you noticed that this is a different lamp and shade then the one I showed in my last post and the reason being I just changed my mind.  :)
I wanted to show you how it originally started out and how it can look like this, which I do love, but I wasn't feeling it in the room.
So, all I did was put all the knots/bows on the inside of the shade and if I ever want a change, it is an easy switch.


I love how it turned out and think that this way fit the room a little more than what I originally had in mind. :)


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57 comments:

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Michelle, that is so clever and pretty! Do you have to worry about the fabric touching the light bulb?

Saby said...

Okay that is the cutest thing ever and I totally love that you can switch it up...and no sewing (yaa!). This is awesome!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is adorable!!!! what a great idea! it is so you, too!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

too cute - nice job Michelle!

awal.ny said...

I think the shade turned out great. Don't you just love Pinterest for all of the ideas you get.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Great idea - And so easy to do!

The Lady said...

These are unreal! I must try this. Thanks for sharing!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Finally a fabric project that I can handle! Love it!!

Jessie Saxton said...

Hey there!!

I must say...I LOVE your version way better than the inspiration pair!!

I hope you have been well! I am WAYYY behind on my blog reading:( I am so glad your husband came through his surgery okay:)

Have a great week!
Hugs,
Jessie

Brandi said...

So pretty, Michelle! I love this idea! I could just imagine a similar shade in a little girls' room or nursery!

Red Gate Farm said...

I love them both! My first thought on reading this was "I don't remember the knots?"... but how fabulous that you can have it with or without!

I'm going to have a new room to work on soon and this lamp shade will fit right in... I'll just have to decide if it will be with or without ;)

~Chris

Tricia said...

Oh, how cute! I like that it's so easy too. Pinterest is full of so many great ideas :)

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your lampshade turned out really nice! I used some muslin strips this holiday season to cover a vase - similar process and loved the outcome! Hope you have a great day! Snow is supposed to finally come our way. We missed that last blast.

Al said...

Happy New Year to you! Love the lamp shade all tied up in bows. It is so sweet and girly. Always a pleasure to visit your blog my friend. -Al

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Nice job-so easy. Very charming look.

Martina said...

Very pretty Michelle - it came out better than the inspiration you've used!

T's Daily Treasures said...

I can't sew, but I can cut, rip and tie a knot. Great idea. Best wishes, Tammy

Calypso In The Country said...

Great job Michelle! I like that you didn't have to sew too! - not my specialty!
-Shelley

SOMMERWHITE said...

Its so pretty ! Very dreamy :)
xo

beachcomber said...

gorgeous idea!! don't you love old sheet fabric. i've been using torn strips of sheets too.
x

NanaDiana said...

Michelle- I love it! What a simple and sweet finish to a lampshade. I think it would be cute in a little girl's room, too! Looks like you are having fun fluffing- xo Diana

Bring Pretty Back said...

GET OUT!!! Oh my gosh - this is something i can do!!! I love this!!!!!!! This is funny- I have two lamps in my bedroom that need new shades - badly. I just didnt knw what I wanted ... Guess what! Tomorrow the shades will get covered like this and they will look DARLING!!!
Thank you!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Claudia said...

Hi,

Thank you for the fun post...I love it inside out better. I am going to try this out in my daughter's room. She will love it!
Take care and have a good weekend.
Claudia

Shabby soul said...

What a idea!! It's so cute and simple!
Thank you for share!
Hugs from me
Silvia

Vintage Home said...

oh wow this is adorable..so fresh and fun!

Finding Home said...

Sweet and adorable - just like you!

Tonya said...

So cute! Don't you love Walmart sheets?! We used them for all of the slipcovers for that wedding we decorated. They do tear brilliantly!

michele said...

brilliant! i love this idea for mini shades on sconces too--you make it look so easy but it's anything but!

smiles to you beachy sista.

michele

Amy Kinser said...

Ok, my friend, you know I am a big fan of yours and all you do. This lampshade is just perfect and yes, I will probably have to make me one. You and Wal-Mart are a great combo.

Polly said...

love them!

Vicki said...

I love it both ways. I thought the bows were really cute and love that you can arrange them.

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

you are a genius! thank you for sharing this and i've gotta try it sometime!!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Very beachy and shabby chic. You should consider interior design-seriously. Cheers

Melissah said...

That looks very chic & shabby! Great idea!
Just got back from my summer holiday so I'm catching up all the lovely posts I've missed!
Happy New Year to you & all the best for 2012!
x
Melissah from Coastal Style

trumatter said...

BRILLIANT! WOW Michelle, Im sold on this. yes, this is so happening in my home. I love it..you are seriously one creative chic. Off to buy pillow covers.

Passionate for White said...

This is GREAT...I'm going to try my hand at it for sure!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I so love this too!!! The gal that did this came to my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY party with it and oh yes, I featured it and put it on my to-do list, thanks so much for doing it, because I almost forgot about it:) I do like you shared that you can turn it around...neat idea. I think I will make one TODAY!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Nicely done, lovely! And I love the way you can have too looks - I love them both! I think I'd switch over daily!!

Sarahx

Heaven's Walk said...

Running with scissors to Walmart.....!!!

lol!

I LUV this, Michelle! Once again, you blew my socks off with your creativity, girlie! :)

Hey, did you get much snow over there? There's about 6" here.

xoxo laurie

Libbie said...

I like yours even better than your inspiration!!!! So clean & romantic! I have the perfect lamp to fancy up!!!! Now if only I could remember to get the white fabric!!!

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Beautiful+easy=perfect project! thanks for that!
Debbie

Pam said...

So simple and fresh! I love these.

koralee said...

What fun...I need to get going on this...perfect for my new desk! Thank you dear one. xoxoxoo

Low Tide High Style said...

Michelle, your house is so, so pretty! I loved seeing all of the beautiful beachy touches in the last post. And this lampshade is really cool, I love it! I hope your hubby is continuing to improve and feel better each day!

Kat :)

Cat & Cricket said...

My sweet friend! I am back! And you are better than ever!! Now.. I am going to try this.. and when I do.... I am going to blow up your computer on what in the world I am doing wrong bc you know it will never turn out like yours!!!
Feel like a trip to St. Pete FL.? That way you could just go to town on my Mermaid Cottage!!! LOL!
Have missed you dearly....
Gypsea

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

LOVE IT. LOVE IT SOOO MUCH!

I put a child's ballet tutu on my alabaster lamp and it is my husband's favorite!!!! HI DEAREST! Anita

trumatter said...

Michelle...I made the lampshades and made a post too with links to your blog. have a look if you can.

love
Rukmini

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening precious! Thank you for your kind words!!! ENJOY THIS BRISK AND SNOWY EVENING! Anita

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love this lampshade (I'm a ripper-love to rip fabric!)Love your blog--I am your newest follower. So happy to have found you!

Lisa said...

That is an awesome lampshade - two for one. Love how it turned out.

x

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Either way, they are both really cute. I love the glass lamp from Target. I have 2 from a long time ago that are straight cylinders but the bottoms don't open up! Oh, I wanted to ask where you got the silver floor lamp in your family room. It might be what I need by my sewing machine.

Desire Empire said...

Fantastic. I thought they were different lamp shades. I love them both ways.And the glass stand is just amazing.

Have a fabulous week
BHG xx

kinze said...

amazing ... this would look cute in my girl's room!

keity said...

Happy to find your Blog today
What a good idea!
I wanna try it!!!
Thank you:)

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Oh my I love this lampshade and it looks like something I could and really should make. So gorgeous and I think easy! Thanks for the inspiration.

Stacy Curran said...

I'm new here and just have to say wow! These are so cute! New follower :)

Stacy @ www.conspicuousstyle.com

Jenni said...

Hi Michelle!

Thank you for taking the time to show us the tutorial for the first lampshade. {I have a daughter who would LOVE this look in her room!} I love both looks, the first and the one you ended up choosing. How clever that you can have it either way, too! :)

Hugs,
Jenni

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