Many of you liked the idea of upholstering an ottoman in this fabric so I went ahead and ordered a couple of these cylindrical ottomans which serve very nicely as a side tables as well as a stool for extra guests. The second ottoman was upholstered in a green fabric which I will share another day (it came up a treat, and is my husbands favourite). These little ottomans are so handy as a side table, they became a place to rest my tissue box when I was sick last week and a spot for my books and magazines.
Recently I found a great tutorial on how to cover a lampshade so I plan to take up Jane's suggestion to cover a lampshade in the leftover fabric. I picked up this old lamp at a Salvos store on the weekend to revamp, the base is terracotta with a beautiful basketweave pattern. A spray of glossy white paint on the base should have it looking pretty special, I hope. I'm not sure if I will use this fabric for the shade or another fabric which is white with a green bamboo pattern on it (like the cushion on the chair above, but in green). Which do you think would look best, perhaps I should paint the base first then decide? Has anyone made a lampshade before? I'm trying to track down the polypropylene which you use on the inside of the lampshade (to protect and give the fabric strength). I would love some tips on where to find this or any lampshade making tips in general??
I have also thought about resurrecting the sewing machine to see if it is in a better mood at the moment. Last time I tried to learn to sew the thread kept on breaking and the bobbin had to be rethreaded constantly. When learning it helps if things go smoothly otherwise I tend to give up! If I manage to have any extra fabric left over from the lampshade I would love to make a simple tote bag. It may be easier than trying to sew a zip into a cushion with my limited skills, ha!
Image: Olive & Joy