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After having a very difficult time finding a lampshade to match my living room I decided to recover an old lampshade with some leftover fabric. I absolutely loved the way it turned out. In fact, I loved it so much that I have since recovered two more lampshades and thought it would be a great tutorial to share.
Here is a step by step tutorial for how to recover a lampshade with fabric.
Here’s what you’ll need
- Measuring Tape
- Painters Tape
- Glue Gun
Step 1: Measure and cut your fabric
- Measure the width and height of your lampshade adding 1 inch to the width and one inch to the height. My lampshade is 45″ around and 8 1/2 from top to bottom so I cut my fabric 46″ x 9.5″
Step 2: Create a clean seam on one end of the fabric
- Fold the end of the fabric over 1/4 inch; glue the fabric down to create a clean seam.
Step 3: Tape the unclean seam along the lampshades existing seam
- Using Painters tape, tape the unclean seam along the edge of the lampshades existing seam.
Step 4: Continue Taping the fabric around lampshade
- Continue wrapping the fabric around the lampshade, taping the fabric in place as you go.
Step 5: Glue the fabric along the existing lampshade seam
- Once you’ve taped the fabric in place glue the fabric along the existing lampshade seam.
Step 6: Glue the top and bottom seams in place
- Begin gluing the top of the fabric in place, removing the tape as you go. Once you’ve glued the top seam begin gluing the bottom seam in place.
Step 7: Glue the clean seam in place
- Once you’ve glued the top and bottom seams in place glue the clean seam in place