Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by jane means ribbons.

Last week my daughter told me that she no longer wanted her Disney Princess lampshade and took it off the light. She was angling for a Barbie one but I was hoping to persuade her to have one a little less plastic pink. I was sure I had a lampshade that I could do something with without having to buy one. I went to the loft and found this:

Which I really like but we have no need of it since we moved. It is an IKEA lampshade and I have always liked the whimsical white stitching flower design. But it is grey. This is great to me but not so to my seven year old daughter who wanted a Barbie lampshade. Her room is white but she has pink and blue curtains and a pink flowery design duvet. Both of these have a stitch element to them and the curtains have ribbon on them.

(Not the most beautiful of pictures, it could have been worse, I could have shot the mess on the floor!!) So with some beautiful ribbon raspberry stitched grosgrain from Jane Means I came up with this.

I stuck the ribbon to the seam at the back of the lampshade with a dab of fabric glue. I wanted to bring more attention to the stitch and wanted to add something a little whimsical as it was for a little girl’s room. I thought about using the ribbon to trace around the flowers but that didn’t really work. I thought about adding a bow to the pink ribbon but that wasn’t enough. I had some ribbon folded in loops and clipped with clothes pegs. Like so:

I thought they looked like dragonflies so this gave me an idea. I wanted to add another colour to the lampshade and blue is used in my daughter’s curtains and bedding so I chose a blue. I made a dragonfly with loops of squadron blue stitched grosgrain ribbon and a peg with some washi tape on. I stuck this to the shade with my glue gun and voila!

I was pleased with this and I think it sits in her room nicely. More importantly she likes it and it isn’t a plastic pink and I haven’t had to buy a new lampshade. Win, win I think! Here it is again in situ.

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