Revamping lampshades has become a hobby of mine. I found this one in a Charity Shop on my way to work one morning a few weeks back.
This is a wee tutorial on how I go about revamping a lampshade. This one had pale fabric so I didn’t strip it right back to the frame. I used this fabric as the foundation to work on.
Step One: I use the stitching on the panels and some baking paper to draw an outline for a template/pattern piece.
Step two: Fold the pattern piece in half lengthwise to ensure the pattern is symmetrical.
Step Three: Mark a quarter inch around the pattern piece before cutting out. This will be your cutting line.
Step Four: I then lay the pattern piece on the fabric. This is done on the bias.
Step Five: Sew panels together with a quarter inch seam.
Step Six: Try it on for size! This is where I adjust it for fit. I pin it, so that it’s taut. I work with opposite panels so that it’s balanced. I turn it outside in, mark it, and sew up those seams again.
Step Seven: I run a fine line of lampshade glue (EVA) along the top rim of the shade. I ease the top edge of the fabric over this edge and hold in place with pegs until it holds.
Step Eight: when the top edge has dried. I repeat the step for the bottom edge. I work again on opposite panels to ensure that it is taut on equal sides. I hold this in place with pegs, adjusting it as I go.
Step Nine: I trim the excess fabric from both edges and tuck the surplus under the rim. The tool of choice? A credit card works for me! 🙂
Step Ten: Add the timmings. I prefer to handstitch these. You could use the lampshade glue (EVA).
I do hope you found this tutorial useful for updating your lampshades. If you do give it a go, then I’d love to see your wee creations, please post your pictures to my Facebook page. If you live locally, and would like some advice, then pop into my wee shop in the Craft Village, in Derry, I’m always happy to help.
Thanks a million,