I created the pattern from scratch. Through trial and error, I've come up with a classic shape that you can interpret however you like.
It is easy to sew, easy to assemble, shouldn't set you back more than $20 and is super versatile. Just think of the possibilities. You could use felt, or upholstery fabric or embroider each of the panels before sewing them together.
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Step 1: What You Will Need:
1. Fabric - 1/2 yard will be plenty
2. Fusible Interfacing - Optional. If you use a heavy fabric you don't need this. I used a thin cotton.
3. Matching Thread
5. Lampshade (not pictured)
6. Light bulb (not pictured)
7. (1) Fence Post Cap - This will be the base of the lamp.
8. (1) All Thread Lamp Pipe Kit , 12" - This kit will include the 2 washers and 2 nuts you will need.
9. (1) 8' Lamp Cord Set
10. (1) Lighting Fixture Socket
11. (4) Adhesive Feet - For base of lamp to allow for cord clearance
1. Pattern, which you can download here
2. Sewing Machine or Needle
3. Straight Pins
7. Iron (not pictured)
8. Ironing Board (not pictured)
Step 2: Pattern
The pattern includes a 3/8" seam allowance noted by the dotted line. Cut along the dotted line and pin to your fabric. Cut out 6 pieces. Depending on the type of fabric that you use, you may want to use fusible interfacing. I used a fairly thin vintage cotton that benefited from interfacing, but if you use a heavier fabric it won't be necessary. If you do think your fabric will benefit from it, follow the pattern provided and cut out 6 more pieces out of fusible interfacing. Follow the directions on the package to fuse. The kind I used required I lay the fusible side down on the wrong side of the fabric, cover with a damp cloth and press with a hot iron. Very easy.
Step 3: Sew
Once the first two pieces are sewn, continue matching piece by piece with like sides together, pinning and sewing until you have made it all the way around the lamp. There will be six seams. Fortunately, these fold up like an accordion as you move to each new section, so you'll find it easy to keep extra fabric out of your way while you are pinning and sewing.
Step 4: Clip and Stuff
Once you've clipped all of the seams, turn the lamp right side out. Pin the top closed and stuff the lamp from the bottom hole with fiberfill. Use small pieces to avoid lumps and don't be afraid to overstuff. Rotate the lamp every once in a while so that it is filled up evenly. The handle of a wooden spoon is a great tool to push the fiberfill up into the top of the lamp.
Step 5: Assmble the Lamp
Fold under the fabric at the base of the lamp and then slide the lamp over the lamp post pole. You may need to help it along by pushing some of the stuffing out of the way from the top of the lamp.
Step 6: Sew Top Closed
Step 7: Wire
Push the cord up through the base and out through the socket cap at the top and tie what is called an underwriter's knot.
There are two screws on either side of the socket. Loosen these screws slightly. Wrap the ribbed wire around the silver screw and the other wire around the brass screw. Tighten with a screwdriver.
Pull the extra wire back into the lamp and snap the socket down into the cap and you are done!