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Guest Project — Anthropologie-inspired Ruffled Burlap Lamp!

15 Feb

Hi, I’m Terra from mama says sew.  
I’m really excited to be here today. When Jen asked me to share the tutorial for this lamp with her readers, I said “Of course!”  The lamp shade is, after all, her amazing idea.

This is what I’m going to show you how to make today.  Jen showed me a picture of a lampshade from Anthropologie, and after thinking about it for almost a day, I came up with a way to recreate it using burlap.

This was the inspiration:
 In case you don’t already have a lamp base, head out to the thrift store and grab one.  All you need is a can of spray paint to transform it into something fabulous.  I used Krylon blue ocean breeze gloss.
Now on to the lampshade.  All you need is the shade, some burlap, and a glue gun.  I used about 1 1/2 yards of burlap and probably 10 or so gluesticks, but what you use will depend on how big your lampshade is and how “ruffly” you want your shade.
First, cover the shade in a layer of burlap.  I 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.  I didn’t want glue leaking through the burlap on the outside, so I only glued on the inside along the top and bottom of the lamp shade.  Pull the burlap taut as you go.
 Now you need to cut the rest of your burlap in 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.
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 I’m gluing right now.  It’s straight where I haven’t yet glued it, 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.
Here’s a close-up of the finished shade. 
Now your lampshade has gone from blah to beautiful!
Thanks for having me, Jen! 
And thanks for the fabulous idea!
 Thanks Terra!! 
I adore that lamp!! 
Terra and I were partners for Crafting With The Stars. 
She is so talented and I am thrilled to spotlight her! 
{aren’t these Ruffle Flower Leggings incredible?}
{I love this Quilted Tote}
{You must check out her Decoupaged Bench!}
Be sure to visit Terra at mama says sew!!!
And speaking of Crafting with The Stars, be sure to go over and vote for your favorite today!! 
PS — a really fun giveaway is coming up this afternoon! And a few winners 🙂

Anthro-inspired Nautical Necklace

23 Feb
 Here’s my $5 version of Anthropologie’s Curls & Coils Necklace.
As soon as I saw this necklace, I was working out how to make it. I love the nautical, rough texture combined with the sparkle!
At first I was looking for cotton rope, but upon further inspection I discovered that it is actually made out of cotton upholstery cording. 

I hand-stitched the cording together, forming loops.

At the ends I was at a loss of how to finish off the necklace. Of course there are professional beading ends that you can buy made specifically for this type of project. But I didn’t have them in my stash of bead-making supplies.


 So I improvised, I wrapped the cut ends in a piece of scotch tape. Then I took metal wire and started about 1/2 inch from the end, I wrapped the wire tightly around the cording until I reached the end of the piece. Then I threaded the end of the wire through a metal beading cone (found at the craft store). I put some Gorilla Glue in the inside of the cone and pushed the end of the cord into the cone and let it dry. After it was dry, I made a loop with the wire and attached a jump ring to the loop. Then I took the other end of the wire and wrapped it around the base to secure the loop. I did this on each end of the necklace, making loops on both ends. On one side of the necklace I attached a lobster claw to the jump ring. On the other end I attached a 2 inch piece of find chain with 3 jump rings attached. That way the necklace is adjustable depending on the length I want to wear it. 

 On one side of the necklace I attached gold, rhinestone buttons that I found at Joanne Fabrics. I hand-sewed them on to the loops. 

I wore it yesterday!!
I’m linking up to Kimba’s DIY Day

and Today’s Creative Blog

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Have A Happy Day!