Have you noticed men’s necktie projects on Pinterest?
While I shrunk the monstrous red lamp this summer, I was mulling over different shade possibilities. When I remembered a shade frame PAM (Painter Artist Mom) had given me, this necktie shade idea came to mind. I collected old neckties from HH (those corporate years of wearing suits), Fun Son (including his first tie for church), and even Handy Builder Dad, as I recall.
I lined up all the ties to do some measuring and decided to alternate fat ends and narrow ends of the ties.
Wire wrapped around the shade’s existing framework provides extra support.
Prettiness (or lack of) doesn’t matter when it’ll be hidden, right?
Next, pin the ties together over the frame, alternating patterns to your liking.
Pinning complete and ready to sew.
Stitch from the bottom edge so you can line up the points easily.
End the stitch lines just above the overlap of ties. Adjustments will be made later before continuing those stitch lines.
Place the shade cover back over the frame. Adjust to the length you desire along the bottom and level it. Pin ties together at the upper portion to the shape of the shade. Trim tie ends to a more manageable length.
Adjust pins to form a pin line around the shade’s upper ring. That’s where you’ll sew the band onto the cover.
Remove the shade cover and finish each stitch line on up the shade to the pin line as pinned. (Sorry, I have no pictures of this part.) This picture after the band is sewn shows the tie stitches complete.
For the band fabric, remove the stitches and inner lining from a leftover tie “tail” that’s long enough to circle the upper rim of the shade.
Stitch the tie fabric strip around the pin line of the ties, right sides together. Trim the tie seam allowance to 1/2″ from stitch line. This is the under side of the seam you stitched at the pin line, band folded up, and allowance trimmed.
Double-fold the band down over the seam allowance and pin. I pinned from the outer side for some reason, and this is how the outer side looks after stitching the band and folding over to the inside. (Yes, same picture as earlier.)
Whip stitch the flap on the band’s under side by hand.
Leave a small opening at the end and insert 1/8″ elastic with a safety pin and run it under the band.
Bring the elastic all the way around through the band and out the same hole again. Situate cover over shade. Pull elastic ends to tighten and tie in a knot.
Trim elastic ends and tuck inside the small opening you left in the band. Your shade is ready!
The shade sure adds a little bit of quirky and fun – and so many memories. What do you think?
I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.