I’m currently in the planning phase for a redecoration of my studio and some of the items that need to be updated are my lamps. But since I’m a girl on a budget and since I love DIY projects, I decided to simply recover the shades myself. Here’s how I did it!
1. Make your pattern. Spread your paper out on a table or other flat surface. Place lampshade on top with the seam down. Holding the pencil next to the top edge at the seam line, roll shade across paper to create a continuous, curved line. Stop once your pencil has returned to the seam line.
2. Return shade to starting position and repeat, but put pencil next to the bottom edge of the shade. Use a ruler to connect the top and bottom end points.
3. Cut out your pattern and place on top of fabric. Cut out fabric, using pattern as a guide, but add 1/2 inch seam allowance to all sides. Remove the pattern from the fabric and iron the straight edges under 1/2 inch.
4. Spray the wrong side of the fabric with spray adhesive and attach to the old lampshade. Smooth wrinkles. The adhesive will be tacky for a bit so you have time to readjust. Finish by overlapping the raw edge with the ironed edge. Fold top and bottom under and pinch to adhere.
5. Add decorative trims or other accessories (with your hot glue gun or fabric adhesive) to spruce it up!
Easy huh?! Let me know if you have any questions!
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