Here's what I was going for, only I used burlap instead of linen.
I chose to use this tiny lamp that I bought for 2 dollars at a yard sale.
First I measured the width and length of the lamp shade and cut out a piece of burlap 4 inches longer and wider.
I pulled it tight around the lamp shade so i had it exactly how i wanted it to fit and then glued on one side with a hot glue gun.
Next I pinned the other side in place and trimmed off the excess burlap so that it was about 1.5 inches over the top and bottom of the shade.
Then I folded the burlap down twice around the edges so that the raw edge wasn't exposed and glued it down in small 1 inch increments so the glue wouldn't dry before I got it down. I had to cut a small slit when I came across the metal rods that attach to the light bulb.
I did this around the bottom as well. As you can see the lamp shade did not come off the lamp, so that was a little difficult to work around.
Before I got to the very end of gluing down the top and bottom edges, I folded down the other end of the verticle edge as straight as possible, which ended up not being too straight, and glued this down.
Then I glued down the rest of the top and bottom.
Next I had my friend, who has better hand writing than me, write a poem around the lamp shade with a sharpie. We quickly discovered how hard it is to write on burlap, so it's a little bit hard to read, but I like the over all effect.
Here is one of my favorite designs so far, the skeleton key pillow. I'm going to have trouble letting it go because I want it for myself! In some of these pictures it looks like it is black, but I promise you it is really navy blue. It is also larger than all of my other lumbar pillows. I wanted it to be big enough to be able to sit alone in the center of the couch (as seen in the picture). The dimensions are 14''x28'' (normally I make them 12''x 20'').
And Here it is looking quite perfect on our couch.
I made this pillow for a friend who is getting married. I made it extra large so it could make a nice center decorative pillow on a bed, or it would also be nice just standing alone on a comfy chair. The pillow is all hand painted. If you would prefer the pillow in a color other than green please let me know and I can check and see if they have it at the store. If you would like to purchase this pillow click here.
I made this pillow for a friend's birthday present, as you can probably tell, she loves red and black. Instead of a name you could also get your initials, a fun saying, a special date, or anything else you'd like. Other font options are available as well.
This pillow was also made for a baby gift for a baby shower my mom is going to, however it does not have to be limited to babies. You could also get a special date printed on it, or perhaps your initials, basically anything that can fit in that little white rectangle! You may also notice it matches the green and yellow onesie I made (could make a great combo gift!).
Here is my latest edition...baby onesies! My mom needed some gifts for a few baby showers so I got down to work and here's what I came up with. Let me know what you think! These are of course all available on Etsy!