Do It Yourself Lampshade Recovering

Do you have lamps that have boring, plain lampshades that could use a little brightening up? Have you ever discarded a lamp because the shade was outdated, damaged or clashed with your décor? We all know that lamps are expensive to replace. Next time consider recovering that lampshade.

Do it yourself lampshade recovering is easy. Without much trouble you can turn that plain, old or damaged lamp into one with a brand new style. You don’t even need to know how to sew to recover an old lampshade. If you can trace, cut with scissors and use a glue gun then you are in business.

What condition the lampshade is in will determine what steps you need to take. If it is a lampshade in good condition but has a boring and plain paper trim you do not need to remove the paper cover. You can just decorate over the existing material. If the lampshade frame is in good condition but the covering is damaged or missing, then you will need to remove all scraps of paper or fabric that are still attached to the wire frame.

Make a Pattern

For this step you will need a marker and a large piece of butcher or craft paper. You will also need a large, flat area to work in. Lay the paper out on the flat surface. Place the lampshade frame on the edge of the paper.

Matching up the seam on your shade with the edge of the paper is the best way to start; if the bottom of your shade is much wider than the top, make sure that the bottom edge of the shade is at the bottom edge of the paper.

Roll the shade across the paper slowly while tracing the top edge with your marker. Remember that the shade will create a curved line as it rolls. Stop when you get to the seam again. Match up your lamp shade seam and paper edge again, and repeat the tracing on the bottom edge this time. At the end, use a straight edge to connect the two curving lines. Cut out the pattern carefully.

Next you will use the pattern that you just made to cut the material that you have chosen for the lampshade. There are endless options. You are limited only by your imagination.

Besides fabric you might want to use wallpaper with an attractive design on it. Wallpaper scraps that match the room where the lamp will be used can be an idea. Consider sheets of plastic, handkerchiefs, lace, doilies, prints of artwork, or anything else that interests you.

Cutting the Fabric

Lay the pattern down on top of the fabric or other material you have chosen. If necessary pin or tape it down. You may want to trace the edge with a marker. Leave about a one half of an inch around the entire piece for fastening the fabric to the frame. Cut out the fabric.

Score the extra fabric that you left around the top and bottom once every half inch. This will be used to secure the fabric to the top and bottom of the lampshade frame. It would be helpful but not necessary to iron these scored flaps so that they are easier to fold over the frame and then secure with glue.

Line up the edge of the fabric with the seam on the diy lampshade. Apply a thin line of glue and secure the fabric to the frame. Allow to dry. You may want to hold the seams together with clothespins until it is dry and secure.

Begin folding the scored half inch of fabric around the wire of the frame. Glue them to the inside of the lampshade so they will be out of site. Continue around the circumference of the lampshade until you have reached the seam. Glue the seam together, allow to dry and you’re finished.

You may want to embellish the lampshade with extra trim, tassels, ribbons, buttons or anything else. Finally place the lampshade on the lamp, sit back and enjoy.