Happy New Year everyone. This week’s post is about DIY and making your very own bespoke lampshade. I've been looking for a lamp to brighten up a dark corner in my living room for a while, but couldn't find a suitable or interesting design that I liked enough. Lamps can be expensive and also look generic. Why not make my own? 

I stumbled upon this lampshade kit on the internet and ordered it in one click. Easy peasy. I would be able to make a lamp with the fabric of my choice that no one else would have. There’s a whole world of interesting patterned fabric out there, whether you find it in cloth shops in Goldhawk Road, Ray Stitch, MarimekkoKauniste, Atelier Brunette or a current fave Miss Matatabi (where you can find beautiful designs by Nano Iro). You can even make your own fabric design with Woven Monkey or by potato printing.

The lampshade parcel arrived in the post. It was the size of a pizza box with all the material you needed for the frame work. The kit was very straightforward to follow. I made sure that I ironed my fabric and was ready to get started. I followed the step by step sheet, and finished it under an hour.

For the lamp base, I went to Ikea. I had a minimalist black thin base in my mind, which would best go with my Liberty fabric. The base only cost me £10. Depending on the fabric print you choose, I’m sure that you can pair it with an interesting vintage base that you might stumble upon at a charity shop or flea market.
I’m really pleased with how my DIY handmade Liberty print lamp has turned out. It looks great in my living room. And I’m extra proud at the thought that I made it all by myself, and that no one else in the world has it. I think this kit can be a wonderful present for someone special. You can give it as a gift with some fabric you've carefully picked. Or even better...wrap the 'pizza box' kit with the fabric you've picked and tie it up with a pretty ribbon!

Lamp Shade Kit 30cm, Fabric: Melly (A) Tana Lawn from Liberty, Lamp base: Hemma from Ikea.
You might also like to read my Liberty dress sewing post.


  1. I seriously want to do this soon! And the lamp base works really nice with the shade - it looks fantastic Emma!

    1. Thanks Tor! Imagine, you could do a lampshade with a fabric you've designed. It would look awesome!