Fabric covered lampshade tutorial

The other day my trusty little bedside lamp said enough is enough and down the shade fell. 


I tried to prop the shade back up but lamp was having none of it and so out came the first aid kit:

1) Fabric
2) Pinking shears
3) Chalk
4) Ruler
5) Glue

And so begins a tutorial on how to mend any sad lamp shades out there.


Step 1: Take your shade off your lamp and give it a quick clean...just a quick dust will do.

Step 2: Choose some particular lovely fabric that will cheer lampshade up.

Step 3: Iron the lovely fabric.

Step 4: Measure around the base of the shade to ensure the fabric is wide enough to cover the shade. Mark the start and end of this width, so that you know when to stop rolling...see next step.


Step 5: Carefully roll your shade along the fabric and at the same time chalk along the bottom of the shade. Make sure you roll your shade rather slowly, so that you get a neat chalk mark. When you've got to the end of your marked width (step 4), keep your hand on the shade and roll back, this time chalking along the top edge of the shade. If that doesn't make sense, click play below.


Step 6: You should now have a crescent shape. Take your ruler and draw a line joining the top and bottom edges at both ends of the crescent. 

Step 7: Using your pinking shears, cut around the crescent leaving a 2cm seam allowance.


Step 8: Glue around the edges of the fabric and stick down to the inside of your shade.

Step 9: When you get to the join along the middle of the shade. Glue one edge down on to the shade. With your second edge carefully fold the edge under, so that your pattern matches up and glue down.



Step 10: Before you glue the top edge, make 3-4 notches, then glue down. This will ensure your fabric lies flat inside the shade.


Step 11: Be patient and let the glue dry in a well ventilated place over night.


 Step 12: When dry, take your shade and...


...pop it on your lamp and ta-da, you have just made a fabric covered lampshade!


Pop lampshade back in her rightful place, then admire your handywork at making lampshade happy again! 


Would you like to see more tutorials? Check them out here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me a line. I'm always happy to have a go at answering questions.

Ta ra for now,
Jo :-) x