Turn Heirloom Embroidery Into Lampshade Slipcovers

Turn Heirloom Embroidery Into Lampshade Slipcovers

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 23, 2011

In my own linen closet I have a stack of heirloom pillowcases that have been embroidered by my relatives. Needlework was a passion in my family and I have pieces from my Mother, Grandmother and Great Aunt. The only problem is: I don't really want my husband drooling away on them each night! So in the closet they stay — or maybe not— with this fun idea to turn them into lampshade slipcovers!

Annalea is always full of fun ideas, but this morning when I ran across her tutorial for slip covering a lampshade I about fell out of my chair I was so excited. Now granted, I am easily amused, but since I have this small pile of linens that I'd love to get some use out of but have been too afraid, her idea was perfect (and secretly I hated her for thinking of it before me!).

With the help of a sewing machine and a bit of ribbon, the end result looks polished and gives a heartwarming glow each time the lamp is turned on. In a world where granny-chic is back in full force, this is a great way to put those heirloom pieces to use while giving your home an extra layer of family history. Check out the full tutorial over at Annalea Hart | How To Makeover a Lamp with a Slipcover.

Image: Annalea Hart

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