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Recover a Lamp Shade ~ DIY

Hey Guys!! Hope everyone is having a great Monday.  Two of my kiddos returned to school today so I finally had the time to start revamping again… woohoo!  I am planning to fix up a little table to go next to one of our chairs and decided I need a lamp for the top.  I recently received a pair of shades as a hand-me-down that I thought would be perfect.  I love the shape of them… They just needed a new fabric.  Here’s the finished product…
Now here is how I did it…
I started with this lamphade.
I removed the trim on the inside of the lamp by pulling on it.  You would do the same if your trim was on the outside of your lamp.
Then I want to pull the outside fabric off the shade.  This one was easy to do but if it won’t pull away you want to cut it really close to the metal without cutting your liner fabric.
I did the same thing on the opposite end and it looked like this.
Then, it will just pull of the lamp like a sleeve.
And you are left with just your liner fabric.
Every lamp is different but the idea is to remove your top fabric without hurting your lining.
Now you can use your top fabric as a pattern for your new fabric.  I found this great blue linen at Hobby Lobby that I love.
I just put the pattern on top of my linen and started cutting. I did add about 1/2″ just to give me a bit mor fabric to pull on.
After you cut your fabric out you will need to attach the ends of your fabric together.  For those of you with a sewing machine this will require a simple straight stitch.  For those non-sewers… you can attach these ends by using a fabric glue like Liquid Stitch or Mighty Mendit.  I did sew mine, right sides together and it looked like this.
Now you should have a sleeve when you turn it right side out like this.
I then just pulled it over my shade like this.
For the next part I used clothespins and wooded sticks like tooth picks.
I also used E6000.  It’s a great craft adhesive and you can find more info on it HERE.  I purchased mine at Michael’s for around $4.
It squeezes very slowly out of the tubu so I just put a little bit on the end of a wood stick and then put it around the top of the shade.  I did about 4″ at a time.
Then just fold your fabric over and secure it with a clothespin. Don’t be stingy on your pins… I used LOTS.

A bigger section drying…
And the whole top drying…
When that was dry enough(about 20 minutes) I removed the pins and did the same thing on the other end.  The only difference is that you want to pull your fabric tightly as you secure it with the pins on the other end.  Once that was dry my shade looked like this…
I used my inside trim I pulled off to cover up my raw edge.  If your lamp didn’t have any inside trim you can use a ribbon.  I used my hot glue gun for this part.
Much better…
My last step was to make my decorative trim for the outside.  I did this by cutting two long strips of fabric about 1.5″ wide each.
You just fold it in thirds and iron.  Start with your first side…
Then, fold your other side on top of that and iron.
The top will look like this.
Now I used my hot glue gun again to attach the trim.  Just run a line of hot glue on the edge and attach the trim.
When you get back to where you started just fold your other end over and attach it with glue.
My finished shade…
And a few action shots…
Hope you guys like it!
Now… We are only a couple of days away from I Made it Without My Hubby!
We want to see everything you gals have done without the help of your hubs.  No specifics… just any craft, project or revamp you have done with your own two hands.  You can grab a button below or on our side bar.  Thanks!!

Shanty 2 Chic

~Whitney
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53 Comments

  1. Barb @ GritsandGlamour on January 11, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Great tutorial. I have recovered shades before and I know its time consuming. I loved the before, but I like the freshness of the after, too. Pretty lamp, too. Plz join me for Tabletop Tuesday at gritsglamour.blogspot.com

    Thanks for sharing your project ~Barb

  2. Stella on January 11, 2010 at 1:19 am

    And you make it looks so easy. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Really like the color of the linen you chose for the shade.

  3. Paula Grace Designs on January 11, 2010 at 1:18 am

    That is a really good job. You're brave! BTW ~ I love the fabric choice!
    Paula Grace

  4. KGULAS on January 8, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I love the contrast of a more modern looking shade on a vintage style lamp…it helps to bring together an eclectic room! -Katie @ thislittlenestblog.blogspot.com

  5. [email protected] on January 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    This looks great, thank you for the tutorial!
    ~Michelle

  6. Kim -today's creative blog on January 7, 2010 at 3:27 am

    great tutorial……it looks amazing.

  7. miss Yelpington on January 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    i love this blog, i like how you explain everything and show how easy it is thanks for all the great ideas xxx

  8. KolentynePoppy on January 6, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I love your lamp! Thank you for the step by step! Now, what do I do with a lining that is torn inside the cover??? Any ideas?

  9. artisticblend on January 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    WOW! You did an awesome job! Thanks for the detail tutorial too. 🙂

  10. TidyMom on January 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!
    Thanks for this, I have a few shades I want to recover – now I can follow your instructions—-I just need to get some clothes pins!!

    ~TidyMom

  11. Arlene on January 6, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I love the lamp redo. The color is beautiful. I tried to email you but it wouldn't deliver the message. I wanted to share the drop cloth tree skirt I made. thanks for the inspiration. Pictures are on my blog.
    http://fortheloveofit2.blogspot.com/2010/01/last-christmas-project.html

  12. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions on January 6, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Love your redo and I love the fabric! It looks similar to my master bedroom wall color.

  13. Staci Danford on January 6, 2010 at 3:13 am

    What great new this is.. I've made a couple of fabric lamp shade and just play the guessing/cutting game the entire time.. Loved the tips.. THANKS bunches !!
    Staci

  14. Mama Byrd on January 5, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Soooo glad you posted this I was looking for something to do with mine.
    Yours looks great.

  15. Cindy @ Chalk it Up! on January 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Fantastic! It looks like a million bucks!

  16. Sheri on January 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Wow! Ya know, I REALLY don't think the lamps I need to recover have a liner. It looks like the same material through and through. Hmmm…

  17. Tiffany on January 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Looks great! Love the blue linen! I have a couple shades that need recovered. Thanks for the tutorial. Hope I can successfully get it done…

  18. Ruth on January 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    It looks great. I am on the look out for some new lamps. Time to go thrifting.

    Ruth

  19. Bette on January 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    That looks great! I just picked a lampshade with a similar shape to yours at Goodwill. I never thought to use the clothespins. That would make it so much easier.

  20. jennibell on January 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Love it!!! Great job. . .I wonder if I could do this. . .?????

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