A Quick Makeover

Today after finishing a sewing project, I started putting a few things away….when I spotted some wired ribbon that I had bought after Christmas. I had loved the color and bought it having NO idea what I would do with it. It definitely did not scream “Christmas” to me!

Today, suddenly, an idea struck! I’m going to be a little non-traditional and start with an “after” picture….


I used the ribbon for a quick lampshade makeover.  I love it when a “what-if” works. I love the new look.

I had bought a plain lampshade for another “naked” lamp. It just didn’t work…but I put the lampshade aside, knowing that I could probably use it later for something. Okay….I admit it…I was really just too lazy to take it back. It was only $5!

Here is the before of the lampshade:


All I did was take the ribbon and wrap it around the shade.


I had another roll of ribbon-the same color, but no swirls-that I decided to make into a flower for an accent.

close up afterI just tucked its “stem” into the wrapped ribbon. The best part? If I decide to change the look, all I have to do is remove the ribbon….and perhaps wrap with another color..even strips of fabric or lace. The possibilities are unlimited!

The sewing project I was working on? A little tote made from the leg of a pair of wide-legged jeans, lined with some ticking…

small denim toteticking lining and pocket

I love repurposing old jeans!…and lining it with one of my favorite fabrics is just a bonus.

Well..my washer has chimed…telling me it is time to hang some more laundry on the line!

Hope you are having a wonderful Monday!