DIY IKEA hack: Making a shade for GRÖNÖ lamps

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For this week, my DIY Tutorials for National Craft Month are IKEA Hacks!!! Yesterday, I re-featured my LÄTT children’s table & chairs makeover, and I have several other IKEA products I “hacked” that I’ll be featuring this week! Today’s hack is Ikea’s GRÖNÖ lamps! You can find this set of lamps at IKEA for $19.99!

This is a super easy project! If you can operate a sewing machine, you can make this! It’s all straight lines and you can do it in 30 minutes (or less!)

Supplies Needed:

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon/Trim (is optional)

First cut out your pieces.
Small Lamp: 9.5″(height) x 16.5″ (width)
Large Lamp:15″ (height) x 23″ (width)

Next – iron the top and bottom edges under 1/4″ and then fold it under again 1/4″ and iron.

Now sew the top & bottom edges down. If you are planning to use ribbon or trim (optional!), stitch it down at this point as well!

Now your piece should look like this with the top and bottom edges sewn!
Next, you’re going to wrap the material around the lamp with right sides together (in other words, inside out – this photo shows it opposite so ignore that). Pull the material snug to make sure it’s a good fit then mark off where you need to sew for a good fit!
Next, stitch along the line you just made in the above step!
Now trim the excess edge, and iron the seam in one direction. :)
Any wrinkles out at this point you may have acquired during the sewing process.
Now, turn the lampshade right side out and pull it over your lamp (leaving the seam in the back).
You’re all done!!!
FOR A VARIATION: instead of using one material, use two (or more)!
I made the taller lamp with a 2:3 ratio of fabrics, then put bias tape over the seam, so that when the light is on, the seam for the two lamps isn’t as obvious!
Come back tomorrow for another IKEA Hack Tutorial! :)

Fabrics Pictured:

  • Lotus Full Moon Polka Dots In Lime By Amy Butler
  • Foxy from Anika by Monaluna
  • Woodland Party from Circa 52 by Birch Fabrics