One only need utter the words “leg lamp” for the entire country to know that of which you speak. I am referring, of course, to the cult classic 24-hour all of Christmas Day movie you must watch at least once a year that embodies the childhoods of so many of us: A Christmas Story.
I live in Cleveland Ohio. Oh, you’ve heard of it? I’m not really a fan, to be honest, but one thing Cleveland does have is the Christmas Story house. Yes, we have the Parkers’ house. When I first moved here six years ago the one thing my dad and I just HAD to do was go visit the Christmas Story house! Here’s a pic of my dad groping the leg lamp. Sorry for the bad quality, I couldn’t find the original.
Needless to say, the movie is a “thing” with us. So this year I decided to make my dad a leg lamp pillow! It’s perfect!
So anyway here’s the inspiration.
And here’s the pattern!
And here’s my finished version!
Also someone was asking about the fishnet “fabric”. Well, it’s nylon netting purchased from JoAnn’s. The shoe is made of a textured microsuede and the lampshade [was] actually the reverse of a discounted microsuede (I changed it to Kona curry on revision 2). None of which melted under the iron. Miraculous for sure, even the netting didn’t melt!
A quick note about that fringe: If you’ve never bought fringe before, it comes sewn together at the “fringe-y” end. I thought you could just cut off the sewn bits, but the stuff shed like you would not believe! It was really awful. So I think if you are going to cut your fringe down to size I would soak the line you are going to cut with Fray Stop before and after cutting, otherwise you’ll be spending several minutes with a sticky lint roller cursing bad decisions. I still might re-cut, Fray Stop, and attach my fringe, I’m afraid it’s going to shed once the pillow is put into action.
I don’t really think you need a tutorial for the netting, I just cut a piece of netting the same size as a piece of flesh colored quilting cotton (both pretty oversized!) and treated them as one piece of material. I did use pins a couple of times to keep the netting in place but that’s really all there was to it.
It might be hard to believe but I ironed this entire thing the same way I would have any other paper piecing. So give alternative fabrics a shot!
Anyway, without further ado, here’s the button to get the goods. Clicky clicky!
- Finishes 20″ high x ~8″ wide.
- Is really quite easy to make. Good for an advanced beginner (someone who has tried a couple of paper pieced patterns and is ready for a step up). The shoe is the most difficult part.
- Quick to come together. It took me just a couple of hours.
- Fun and easy to customize! I stayed pretty true to the original but I can imagine all kinds of awesome background prints. I really wanted to use a pin dot for the background but didn’t have any I liked for it.
- Requires scraps of black for the shoe, fat eighth to a quarter of flesh colored fabric, fat eighth to a quarter of lampshade colored fabric, and fat quarter for the background (more if you add sashing to square out the width). You can also use 1/8 yd of nylon netting for the fishnets.
If you make my pattern please share either via instagram (@sewwhatsherlock) or just leave a comment here. I’d love to see!