Custom Fabric-Covered Lampshade

Give a tired lamp a fresh, high-end look by covering the shade with trendy fabric and ribbon.
White Lamp With Trendy Brown Patterned Lampshade

White Lamp With Trendy Brown Patterned Lampshade

This handmade patterned lampshade lends style and pizzazz to the nightstand it adorns. Give your own tired lamp a fresh, high-end look by covering the shade with trendy fabric and ribbon.

By: Janell Beals

Materials Needed:

  • lampshade
  • 3/4 yard of fabric per shade
  • 3 yards of ribbon trim per shade
  • fabric glue
  • temporary fabric pen
  • clean-release tape
  • small paintbrush
  • scissors

Cut Fabric

Place lampshade on front side of fabric. Roll shade along fabric, cutting two inches above and below edges of shade.

Measure and Cut Lampshade Fabric

Measure and Cut Lampshade Fabric

Place lampshade on front side of fabric. Roll shade along fabric, cutting two inches above and below edges of shade.

Place Fabric Around Shade

Wrap fabric around shade and trim off excess fabric, leaving two inches for overlap.

Wrap Fabric Around Lampshade

Wrap Fabric Around Lampshade

Wrap fabric around shade and trim off excess fabric, leaving two inches for overlap.

Glue Fabric to Shade

Run a line of fabric glue along the shade's existing seam and press one end onto glue. Secure end with clean-release tape and allow glue to fully dry for 1/2 hour. Tip: Place new fabric's seam over existing seam for a clean finished product.

Glue Fabric to Lampshade

Glue Fabric to Lampshade

Run a line of fabric glue along the shade's existing seam and press one end onto glue. Secure end with clean-release tape and allow glue to fully dry for 1/2 hour. Tip: Place new fabric's seam over existing seam for a clean finished product.

Wrap Fabric Around Shade

Holding the loose end, wrap fabric snugly around shade, overlapping the glued end. Temporarily secure excess fabric with clean-release tape to prevent fabric shifting.

Wrap Fabric Around Lampshade

Wrap Fabric Around Lampshade

Holding the loose end, wrap fabric snugly around shade, overlapping the glued end. Temporarily secure excess fabric with clean-release tape to prevent fabric shifting.

Mark the Fold Line

Fold excess fabric towards inside of shade and mark top edge with a temporary fabric pen. It's best to work on one end of the shade at a time; start with the top side.

Fold Excess Fabric and Mark Fold Line With Fabric Pen

Fold Excess Fabric and Mark Fold Line With Fabric Pen

Fold excess fabric towards inside of shade and mark top edge with a temporary fabric pen. It's best to work on one end of the shade at a time; start with the top side.

Cut Excess Fabric

Remove excess fabric by cutting roughly 1/2-inch beyond the line drawn with fabric pen.

Cut Excess Fabric

Cut Excess Fabric

Remove excess fabric by cutting roughly 1/2-inch beyond the line drawn with fabric pen.

Tuck Cut Fabric Edges

Create a clean edge by folding cut fabric under 1/2-inch and inserting between fabric and shade. Check finished seam as you go to ensure that the amount folded under is even, creating a consistent edge.

Fold and Tuck Fabric Edges

Fold and Tuck Fabric Edges

Create a clean edge by folding cut fabric under 1/2-inch and inserting between fabric and shade. Check finished seam as you go to ensure that the amount folded under is even, creating a consistent edge.

Glue Edges

Run a thin bead of fabric glue between folded fabric and shade. Firmly press fabric into place.

Glue Fabric Edges Into Place

Glue Fabric Edges Into Place

Run a thin bead of fabric glue between folded fabric and shade. Firmly press fabric into place.

Finish Shade Bottom

Turn shade over and repeat steps five through eight on bottom side of shade.

Fold, Cut, Tuck and Glue Lampshade Bottom

Fold, Cut, Tuck and Glue Lampshade Bottom

Turn shade over and repeat steps five through eight on bottom side of shade.

Create a Finished Side Seam

Remove tape holding excess fabric in place. Turn cut end under 1/2–inch to create a finished edge and secure with glue. Apply glue to underside of finished edge and firmly press onto shade.

Create Finished Side Seam

Create Finished Side Seam

Remove tape holding excess fabric in place. Turn cut end under 1/2–inch to create a finished edge and secure with glue. Apply glue to underside of finished edge and firmly press onto shade.

Embellish With Ribbon

Beginning at side seam and working in small sections, brush fabric glue onto shade's top and bottom edges. Cover glue with ribbon working your way around shade back to seam. Turn under ribbon ends to create a finished edge and glue onto shade.

Embellish Lampshade With Ribbon

Embellish Lampshade With Ribbon

Beginning at side seam and working in small sections, brush fabric glue onto shade's top and bottom edges. Cover glue with ribbon working your way around shade back to seam. Turn under ribbon ends to create a finished edge and glue onto shade.

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