How to Redecorate a Lampshade With Fabric

Need a new lampshade? Try redecorating your current shade with recycled fabric and trim. It’s very easy:

Steps

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    Protect a table with layers of newspaper.
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    Gather your lamp and supplies.
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    Place the lamp in an upright position on the table, leaving the shade on the lamp.
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    Using a fabric tape measure, measure the diameter of the lower rim, as well as the height of the shade.
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    Cut fabric to this exact diameter and height, allowing for a half-inch seam allowance on all sides. This should result in a rectangular piece of fabric.
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    With right sides together, stitch the two shorter sides of the rectangle together, leaving a half-inch seam allowance. This should result in a tube-shaped piece of fabric.
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    Turn the tube right side out.
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    Slide the tube over the top of the shade. It should fit snugly around the lower rim.
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    Align, glue and pin the lower edge of the tube to the lower rim of the shade.
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    Allow the glue to dry to prevent the fabric from moving.
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    Neatly pleat and fold the fabric around the upper rim of the shade. Align, glue and pin it in place.
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    Allow the glue to dry. Remove all common pins.
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    Using scissors, carefully trim away any excess fabric that protrudes beyond the upper or lower rims.
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    Align, glue and pin a row of dangling, sparkling beads to the lower edge of the shade.
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    Allow the glue to dry. Remove all common pins.
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    Align, glue and pin a piece of ribbon or decorative trim around the upper and lower rims of the shade, covering the raw edges of the fabric.
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    Allow the glue to dry. Remove all common pins.
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    Align and glue sequins over the ribbon or decorative trim.

Warnings

  • Do not use flammable fabric, trims or decorations.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Lamp
  • Lampshade (shade)
  • Fabric
  • Fabric tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Glue
  • Common pins
  • Ribbon or decorative trim
  • Dangling, sparkling beads (optional)
  • Sequins (optional)

Article Info

Categories: Candles Lamps and Fireplaces | Decoration Projects