Fabric Covered Lampshade

Apr 17, 2013



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I must admit I have been so frustrated lately. My motivation has been lacking and its not like me to float from one unfinished project to the next. So I decided today things MUST change!

On my to do list for sometime was to recover our bland lampshade in the living room. So I decided today it just had to happen.

But at the same time the kids have been pestering me to make them a loaf of fruit bread. So I decided that I could do both and while the bread making is not essential to the success of the lamp you will see that there are some advantages to doing the two simultaneously :)

You will need:

1. Lampshape, this one was a K-Mart cheapy, basic plain cream. I simply cleaned if over with a slightly damp cloth

2. A good spray adhesive

3. A gorgeous fabric, I love this Amy Butler Fabric!

4. Lead Pencil, scissors and old sheet

How to do it!

1. Make sure the lampshape is clean if it is not a new one.

2. Iron your fabric and lay flat on a large work surface

3. Lay your lampshade on its side on your fabric. Make a small pencil mark on the lampshade where it meets the fabric. Then trace a line onto your fabric close to the lower edge of your lampshade as you roll the lampshade carefully along the fabric. Continue this until you meet the small pencil mark on your shade. Without lifting or moving the lamp shade, repeat this process for the top of the shade rolling it back to its starting to position.

4. Draw a line to match up the top curve line with the bottom curve line on both ends of the fabric cover.

5. Cut out your fabric cover 1- 1.5cm larger than the lines you have drawn on your fabric.

6. Head outside with a drop sheet, lamp shade, cut fabric and spray adhesive. Lay the sheet down on a flat surface. Place your fabric with the wrong side up. Also have you lamp shade on the drop sheet sitting on its bottom edge. Holding the can about 25cm from the fabric spray a thick even coat of adhesive onto the fabric. Repeat this process for the lampshade. Leave these to sit for approximately 2 mins. This allows the tack to form in the glue and will give a better adhesion between the shade and fabric.

7. Now carefully pick up your lampshade, holding the frame inside. Place you fabric over the lampshade working from the pencil mark around. Smooth out the fabric as you go, making sure you keep the fabric even with an overlap of 1-1.5cm at both the top and bottom edges. Work your way around. When you get back to the pencil mark you will have some fabric overlap. Trim this to a 1.5cm overlap. Fold this edge under. Carefully apply some spray adhesive to the underside of this fold. Wait 2 mins then press down.

TIP: to ensure you fabric stays smooth, I found rubbing my fingers in circular motion was the most effective. I also found giving the fabric a slight tug toward either the top or bottom of the shade would stretch it out and keep away any bubbles. If your lampshade is straight, not angular like mine, this would be much easier.

8. Sit your shade on a flat surface and make a small incision in the fabric either side of the wire frame on the inside of the top surface. Then turn your shade upside down, making sure the excess fabric is all sitting flat. From the inside of the shade spray the adhesive onto both the excess fabric (wrong side) and the inside rim of the top of the shade. Allow 2 mins before smoothing this fabric over and pressing around the wire frame. I used the point of a collar turner to do this neatly.

9. Now place your shade on its side. Spray adhesive along the bottom excess fabric and inside of the shade. I found this easiest way to do this was by rolling the shade again, spraying as I went. Allow 2 mins again. Then fold over the excess fabric, and press around the wire frame as we did for the top of the shade.

10. Now leave your shade outside to let the glue dry and to air. The glue is very smelly, so walk back inside to smell your freshly baking bread and wait for your shade to “freshen”.

So simple, yet so effective…..

Now to whip one up for my daughters room.

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  1. Rebecca says: April 17, 2013

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