Sophie used some fabric that she bought, but in order to do this, you can just get any type of fabric that looks good. The tubes of her lamp were yellowing with age, so she had to do something or just get rid of the lamp. She chose to get a pansy flower motif fabric in order to cover up her lamp. All that was left to do was to cover the 36 different tubes of her lamp to change the look.
What she did to her lamp can be done to other types of lamps as well. For example, lamps using lampshades can be changed easily enough to become spiffier. The neat thing is that the lampshade will glow and project colors from the diffuse light of the bulb. So the look of a whole room can be changed by using the right fabrics. A word of caution: you'll have to be careful where exactly you put the fabric. You wouldn't want to inadvertently start a fire.
All in all, we really like this simple project, so head on over to the nearest fabric store to customize your own lamps. [La souris à plumes via Ikea Hacker, photos by Sophie]