~How To Cover A Lampshade~
(and make it look fabulous!)
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Ever see those lovely little lampshades in those charming boutiques that are decorated with the latest fabrics and trims and found yourself wondering how they were made? Well have I got a treat for you today! I'm going to show you how and share with you some tips on how I get mine to look the way I do.
I've made and sold refashioned lampshades for over 20 years and the basic way of covering them hasn't changed much at all. The fabrics and trims have changed, but not the instructions! So...I've a put a little tutorial together for you with seventeen pictures with notes at the bottom of each one and hope you'll try your hand at making a few for your own home. The tutorial is for the shabby cottage chic shade you see above, but you can tweak it for any style you like best!
You will need the following: Lampshade, Scissors, Fabric, Ribbon, Gimp and/or Braid(several kinds), Hot Glue & Gun, Sewing Machine (or needle and thread for gathering ribbon), pen and paper and a tape measure.
Begin by removing the binding from around the bottom of the shade. Be careful not to pull too hard or you may tear the inside lining of the shade.
Next make a paper template by tracing around one section of the shade.
Cut out your choice of fabric making sure you have enough to cover all sections of your lampshade.
Next, using the Spray Adhesive (DURO) you see above, on the back side of the fabric spray ONE PIECE (more will dry out) at a time making sure the glue generously coats the fabric. Use too little and the fabric will pucker on the shade. Use too much and the glue will come through to the other side.
Begin covering your shade until all sections are completed.
Next, hot glue your gimp (braid) down the spines of the Lampshade cutting it off just short of the top and bottom edge. Do this until all the spines are covered
Your Shade should look something like this!
There are lots of things you can use to embellish your Lampshade. Ribbon, Lace, Rickrack, etc. Use your imagination! I chose to use loops of ribbon around the top edge and base of my shade. However, lots of things will work. You may even choose to leave the top edge plain.
After hot gluing your top/bottom trim in place, use a complementary trim to cover your raw edges. Hot glue in place.
After hot gluing your top/bottom trim in place, flip the lampshade onto it's top and begin hot gluing your choice of gimp (braid) in place. This covers up any old glue residue from the original banding.
It should look something like this when you are done.
Your final touch can be either ribbon or braiding (tassels, etc.)! Just tie your favorite little find around the top edge and you are done!
Here's mine again...
And with the light on...
And here's one I have in my studio! They can be made to fit into any decor and look beautiful in most any color!
My only word of caution comes regarding the thickness of fabric. The best fabrics for this kind of shade covering are light to medium weight cottons. Anything thicker just doesn't want to stick!
Hope you enjoyed a peek into one of the many things I love to do!
Blessings for a wonderful day. I'm going to take a nap now!
Love to you~