Mad For Plaid Winter Shades-How to make a lampshade cover

Winter is coming and I decided that my lampshades need a winter blanket just like my bed.  The store bought lamp shades are rather expensive so I decided to make covers for my lampshades for less money.  In this post, I’ll share with you how to make lamp shade covers.

how to make lampshade covers
DIY- Make your own lampshade covers

I have been mad for plaid these past few years.  So I decided on plaid shade covers.  They match my winter bedroom theme and my overall Christmas winter theme too. I chose a very thin almost sheer fabric with the colors of plaid I wanted. You can choose what you might like for colors but a thin lightweight fabric works best.

I measured the circumference of the lamp shade and added only an inch and half to 2 inches extra to the number.  Then I measured the length of the shade and added just two inches to that measurement.  After the cutting the fabric to these sizes I sew the ends together of the circumference , then serge the edges of the length.  Now turn under the edges of the length to form a seam allowance just enough to be able to thread a thin elastic band through this.  Using 1/4 inch wide elastic,  the length should measure an inch less  than the number of the lampshade circumference.  It does not need to be too tight. After you have threaded the elastic band through the seam and stitched the ends to hold in place, you can simply pull the shade cover over the lamp.  The elastic seam should be under and over the edge of the shade to hold it tight.

Dress up a dining room lampshade for Christmas.

The sky is the limit to how many covers you want. Lampshades are sold in such boring colors, white, cream, burlap.  So get busy and create some interesting eye catching covers to match your decor.  Let’s not depend on the manufacturers to decide what our lamps should look like.  Make your lamps stand out and let the light shine through your choice of color.


“For her lamp does not go out by night.  She lays her hands to the spindle, ” Proverbs 31: 18-19

Warm up your bedroom with some red plaid.









Christmas 2015 A Season of Woodland

I can’t help but feel inspired when I visit the shops that carry tableware and home goods.  Everywhere I look I see natural tree limbs, birch or pine and toned down colors for the Christmas table.  No glitz and shine  and baubles but trending is,  a simple serene setting that takes you back to Grandma’s house when you were a child.

I must be on a kick for folded napkins, because this year I seem to be folding for every holiday.  The Christmas tree fold is the focal point of each plate setting and I followed the  instructions using green napkins that I had on hand. IMG_2764 I carefully ironed each napkin so the folds would be straight.  Note to friends: be sure to use only napkins made with cotton fiber content, polyester napkins or nylon napkins will not hold a shape.

The plaid tablecloth was an after Christmas purchase from last year that I bought on sale, since I saw the plaid trending and I love a sale!  The same Ubiquitous white plates were used again. The square form allows you fully appreciate the tree shape and texture of the napkin.  Above the napkin tree form I found an adorable little pine cone tealight at Homegoods to use for the topper.  Green pine bough with tiny lights and a birch candle center the table for a warm Christmas dinner 2015.


Christmas table 2014
Christmas table 2014

Last year I had noticed this trend coming and searched very hard to replicate a sense of woodland setting.  I used red quilted placemats with black chargers under white plates.  For the napkins I used a natural beige tone one I found with a tiny Christmas emblem on it.  The napkin ring I created myself using a wooden curtain ring and tied with twine a rounded piece of faux greenery into a circle for a wreath and added a copper bell. In the center I placed a pine bough with tiny white lights.  The  copper flatware I was able to purchase from amazon. A simple birch candle and lantern complete the look.



I’m seeing plaids and fur and so much warm fuzzy decor that I want to hibernate for the winter.  Last year I created bottle covers out of old plaid shirts IMG_1878and lined them with dollar store foil car shades.  The inside is now insulated to keep your bottle warm or cold and outside is wrapped in classy plaid.  I stitched some of the edges of the fabric using a blanket stitch for a different look.  My bottles are dressed for every season.

If you’re trying to conceive a woodland look this Christmas look around your house for things of wood, check your backyard for pine boughs or birch wood. Use tall taper candles and wrought iron or copper tones of metal are trending. Plaid and fur additions can cozy up your home, even if you are living in a warm climate ..evoke the feeling of a cozy home and your back at Grandma’s house.

Luke 2:12  “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”