Eek!!! I am so excited, my first guest post will be up soon on Someday Crafts. I picked a pretty ambitious project…to add some wow to my DIY drum shade pendant. Before you see the full tutorial, I just wanted to share some more background on the two big decisions I had to make for my lampshade appliqué project; color and pattern.
For the color, I taped fabric samples directly to the lampshade. I chose three bright colors (teal, green, and yellow) and one neutral (brown). With the samples taped to the shade, we were able to see which was our favorite in the daylight and at night with the light on. Hubby and I agreed green was the winner. It was bright and looked great with the cream shade. The green also played off the touches of green in the chair covers.
As for the design, I have been pining over quatrefoil designs for years. It was the first thing that came to mind when I needed to choose a pattern for my drum shade makeover. Using some other quatrefoil patterns as inspiration, I sketched out my own quatrefoil element. Once I got something I liked, I pulled out some graph paper to make my final sketch.
The grid lines helped me measure the size and keep everything straight. To create the partial circles, I love using my Martha Stewart circle cutter. Instead of using a blade, I insert a pencil into the hole and trace out a circle. I made the large and small circles on a piece of scrap card stock. I cut them out and then used them as a template to create the curves on the graph paper.
The complete lampshade appliqué tutorial will be up on Someday Crafts soon.
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