I was looking at my miserable lamp that sits on my dresser the other day. Here it is. It's been with me for 6 years and it has faded from a topaz blue to a dull greyish blue. I got it at IKEA for around SG$16. It's still working, but I don't want to splurge on another lamp or go to IKEA to replace the lampshade.
|Miserable lamp :-(|
|Lamp with a "new" lampshade at zero cost! When it's dusty, just take it off and throw it in the wash - no need for your duster! Woo hoo - makes the housework simpler :-)|
I actually made a cover out of a top that doesn't fit me around the waist (getting old!). It's very easy. All you need is your needle & thread (or sewing machine), scissors, elastic and fabric. The fabric used was a jersey type material. You can use cotton, but then you would have to iron it after each wash :-(
|Nice but doesn't fit me anymore top|
|Measure the height, and the top & bottom circumferences of your lampshade. My lampshade is small, 18cm top to bottom, so I was able to use my top. Any larger, I think you might want to use your hubby's old shirts or T-shirts. I cut it just under the arms, and I removed the sash and what I was left with was a tube like piece of material.|
|Open up the tube so you get a rectangle|
Actually, I think I made a boo boo. You don't need to open it up - see below....
|Fold the length of rectangle on each side & sew. I sewed it by hand. (~2cm or whatever amt that will allow you to insert your elastic band)|
|This is what you get! Two small tubes along each side!|
|Measure the circumference of the very tops and bottom of the lampshade.|
Then I took off about 6cm these respective measurements and then measured & cut out 2 elastic bands.
Insert into the 2 tubes.
|The material should gather now.|
Join the ends together and sew up! So, now you see, actually there was no need for me to open up the tube as I was going to sew them up together anyway!
|See the problem I have now! :-p|
|Anyway, you should get this trapezoid shaped object. |
Slip it on your lampshade and adjust the fabric! Enjoy! :-)