Earlier this year when I showed the red ticking ruffled shade on our summer porch, many of you asked how I had made it. Well, I already had the ruffles that I removed from some curtains that I was no longer using so I just hot-glued them to an old shade. Recently when I showed our fall porch, some of you asked how I had made the ruffled burlap shade. So here’s what I did.
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First, I found an old shade the size and height that I needed at the auction that Leo and I attend every Monday. It was a little dirty and ripped in a few places so I was able to get it for free because no one else wanted it! Nothing better than free, folks!
Next, I got out some strips of burlap that I already had from where I had made a burlap mantel garland a couple of years ago. I had cut them from 2 yards of fabric so they were nice and long, probably at least 72 inches, and they were 4 inches wide. Some of the sides were “fringed” and some weren’t.
To make the ruffles, I just pulled a string from one end and continued to pull and push the fabric down the string until I had some ruffles. If I thought it was too ruffled, I just moved the ruffles down the string in the opposite direction to loosen them a bit. If the string broke while I was pulling it, I just saved the ruffles that I had and cut the strip.
Once I had a long strip of ruffles, I attached the strip to the bottom of the shade making sure that the edge of the ruffle hung over the bottom of the shade. I started by hot-gluing the end onto the shade (I had to double it over to create a little ruffle on the end) and continued to hot-glue it all around.
The lamp that the shade sits on is actually a concrete lamp that we’ve had now for several years. If you’ve been following our blog a long time, you may remember when we got it when we posted Going Once, Going Twice, Sold…to Me!