Lampshade Up-do {Covering a Lampshade with Fabric}

Remember those wonderful recovered dining room chairs I did a few days ago? Well I had PLENTY of left-over fabric and needed to put it to good use. Enter these two sad lampshades:

So sad, so plain.

Plain Jane.

After trying to look for different ways to tackle this project, I focused on two tutorials, one from Young House Love and the other from Tea and Crafting.

Here’s a step-by-step for how I attacked this sad lampshade problem.

Step 1: Create a pattern for your fabric with paper. Roll and trace the outline of your lampshade. Then, cut out the pattern and CHECK it against your lampshade to make sure you allowed for extra hang over on the edges.

My pattern. I used vellum paper (just happened to have it) and needed to tape two sheets together to make a long enough space for my pattern.

Step 2: Trace your pattern onto the back of the fabric you are going to use. Make sure to add enough to the edges that you will totally cover your old shade and create a fine edge when gluing.

After you have traced the pattern, cut fabric and check it with your lampshade before gluing.

Step 3: After checking, double checking, and triple checking, cut your fabric and line it up on your lampshade. Using spray adhesive, attach from seam on lampshade and continue around, checking and flattening any air bubbles or wrinkles.

I used Elmer’s spray adhesive. It was great because it had immediate tack, but it allowed you to play around with it and make sure you had it all set before it was permanent.

Step 4: Now for the edges. If you start at the top, make sure to cut little notches so that the fabric can lay flat against the harp. Using hot glue (one of my other favorite crafting tools) make a firm edge and glue the fabric directly to the lampshade.

This is why you adjust for a little extra on the edges. You need to be able to fold over and glue for a nice, crisp edge.

Step 5: Complete the same steps for the bottom edge of the lampshade. Anchor any pieces that may be loose down with hot glue.

And finally,

Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

I like this project because it doesn’t take that long (less than an hour) but it really spruces up the room. It looks so nice and a bit of a pop in the room where the sad lampshade was originally. I liked this project so much that I completed it a second time with my squared off lampshade and was still pleased with the result. I used some ribbon to edge the lampshade and give it a bit more pizzazz (plus it was a simple way to cover up a bit of mistake in cutting and edging it).

See? A little extra with the ribbon. Not bad, not bad.

So here’s the price breakdown of this project:

Elmer’s Spray Adhesive- $4.99

Glue Gun/Glue Sticks- Already owned!

Fabric- Left over from a previous purchase, but it only cost me $6 for over two yards (50% off sales are awesome!)

Ribbon- $1.99 for the spool

Vellum- Already owned!

Another project that was only about $10 and it took me under an hour for each lampshade. I’d say that’s a successful project! What do you think? Is this something you could do yourself ? I think you can!




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