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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
Updated~ We will be linking up here…

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53 Comments

  1. Karolyn Bartell on January 19, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Your step by step was wonderful. Gives me the confidence I can do this! Thanks!

  2. Carmie Lynch on August 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Very nice. I have done many projects with pix….most without hubby’s help…or used him for the manpower. Loved the lampshade!

  3. cheryl siciliano on March 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    It is lovely! You are the best at tutorials. I love everything you do. I have been saving some of the things you have taught on my camera. I have to learn how to post to my blog (if you can call it that). So far everything you have taught
    that I have tried has come out pretty decent!
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  4. Cathy on February 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Your shade is beautiful and you make it look so easy – I have covered over white and ivory shades using liquid fabric starch –
    I wondered if you have ever used Fabric Tac adhesive on your lamp shades? It dries quick and clear.

  5. honestnicewoman on July 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Great tutorial! We had 5 kittens running around the house and they nearly ruined a pair of antique lamps. I will have to surprise My Guy with new shades next month! I will post a link to your tutorial when I do.

  6. niartist on January 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    GREAT JOB! Looks fantastic! Thanks for inspiring and motivating. Artie @ Color Outside the Lines.

  7. ~Country Lady~ on January 12, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Fresh new look and a great tutorial. I'm a follower now. Glad I happened by your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. mishebe on January 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, u did a Perfect job. I was just thinking i wanted to make a lampshade, thank u for the great directions. mishelle

  9. Carol on January 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Just beautiful!!!

  10. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) on January 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Great tutorial. I have always wanted to recover a lamp shade but had no idea how to do it. I just may give this a try. Hugs, Marty

  11. susan on January 11, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Pure genius! Looks great and you gave very good instructions too!

  12. Anita on January 11, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Nice job…love the freshness of the new shade.

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