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Project

Ombre Pendant Lampshade

Introduction

The fabric is highly translucent, so ample light peeks through even when layered. Although this shade is striking on a pendant light, its hue and dimensions can be varied for versions that will update any lamp.

Materials

  • Fabric shears
  • Cotton voile (we used 3 yards for a shade with a 56-inch circumference and 24-inch height)
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Translucent white cylinder paper shade
  • Fabric glue
  • Seam binding

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Cut fabric rectangle 1 1/2 inches longer than shade height and 1/2 inch wider than its circumference.

  2. Step 2

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    Apply a thin line of glue to shade exterior's vertical seam. Align short edge of fabric with seam, leaving 3/4-inch overhangs at top and bottom of shade; press into glue.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap fabric around shade until edges overlap neatly; press down again to adhere. Apply a thin line of glue along inside edge of top and lower rims. After a minute, once glue is tacky, fold in hems.

  4. Step 4

    Cut fabric for subsequent layers: Fabric pieces should be the same width as first layer, but successively shorter. The second layer should be 3 inches shorter, and each following layer 1 1/2 inches shorter than the last. The final layer will require an extra 3/4-inch hem at the top. For a soft edge at the bottom of each piece, snip at desired length and rip fabric instead of cutting. Iron edges.

  5. Step 5

    Attach each layer (start with tallest piece and end with shortest): Apply glue to vertical seam, and align top edge of fabric with top of shade (see photo); pull taut. For final layer, leave a 3/4-inch fabric overhang at top. Once attached, glue hem over rim of shade.

  6. Step 6

    Hide exterior seam and interior hems by gluing on seam binding.

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