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

  • Fabric
  • Lampshade
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • 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″

"Measure width of lampshade"

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.

"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.

"Tape Fabric to Lampshade seam"

Step 4: Continue Taping the fabric around lampshade

  • Continue wrapping the fabric around the lampshade, taping the fabric in place as you go.

"Tape Fabric around Lampshade"

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.

"Glue Fabric in place at the 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.

"Glue the top of the 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

"Glue along the clean seam"

"DIY Lampshade"

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