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How To Re-Cover a Lampshade
You Will Need
  • A lamp with a non-pleated lampshade
  • A large sheet of newspaper or craft paper
  • A pencil
  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • Some pins
  • The fabric of your choice
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric glue
  • And some ribbon or cording
  • A hot glue gun
  • And some craft glue
step 1 Remove lampshade
Remove the lampshade from the lamp.
step 2Place on side
Place the lampshade on its side on the large sheet of paper, lining up its seam with the left edge of the paper.
spacer tip If your shade is much wider at the bottom than the top, place the shade near the bottom of the paper’s edge.
step 3Trace edges
Trace the bottom and top edge of the shade with your pencil, slowly rolling the shade as you go, until you get back to the seam.
step 4Draw line
Extend the two lines by an inch and draw a straight line between them.
step 5Cut out shape
Cut out the shape you’ve drawn.
spacer tip If you want to crease your fabric under for finished edges, cut about a half inch outside the lines.
step 6Cut out fabric
Pin this paper pattern to your new fabric, then carefully cut out the new lampshade cover from the fabric, tracing around the paper.
step 7Test adhesive
On a leftover scrap of fabric, test your spray adhesive to make sure it won’t cause discoloration or show through on the other side.
step 8Spray adhesive
Spray the inside of your new fabric with the adhesive.
spacer tip You can try brushing on diluted fabric or craft glue instead of using spray adhesive.
step 9Place lampshade
Carefully place the lampshade onto the now-sticky fabric, lining up the seam with a short edge.
step 10Apply cover
Slowly roll the shade over the fabric a little bit at a time, smoothing the fabric out toward the edges as you go, until your new cover is in place.
step 11Trim fabric
Trim away any bits of excess fabric that extend above or below the shade.
spacer tip If you cut your fabric generously, use fabric glue to tuck the edges and seam under.
step 12Allow seam to overlap
Allow the seam to overlap itself by at least a quarter inch in case the fabric shrinks a little as it dries.
step 13Trim edges
Trim the bottom and top edge with a ribbon, cord, or fringe, using fabric glue or a hot glue gun to secure it a bit at a time.
step 14 Pin trim
Pin the trim in place as you go so it dries in a straight, neat line.
step 15Return shade
When the adhesive and glue have dried, return your shade to your lamp, and let your light shine.
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