DIY Fabric-Covered Lampshade

I can hardly believe that C’s big girl room is done! It turned out just how I had imagined, cheerful and vintage and girly without using copious amounts of pink. I have one more project from the room to share with you before the big reveal!
This project is beyond simple, but is such a fun, quirky way to customize a space. I started making fabric-covered lampshades back when I moved into a house by myself for the first time. I don’t care if it’s passe or old-fashioned, I still like to do it. 🙂

– Decorative lampshade (you can find this at Hobby Lobby or any other big craft store. It’s covered in adhesive so the fabric sticks right to it. I told you this project is easy)
– fabric (I used a fat quarter that came with the pack I bought specifically for the room)
– trim
– Glue gun
– Scissors
– hem ruler
Step 1: Cover the shade with fabric

First peel off the wax paper cover from the shade. This will reveal the sticky side of the lampshade. Using the wax paper as a pattern, cut your fabric to fit, leaving a 1 inch hem allowance on all sides. I found it easiest to start in the middle of the fabric and roll the lampshade onto it. Make sure it is straight. The lampshade shape makes a big difference on how easy this step is. I used the cylinder shape as opposed to the more traditional cone shape. Be prepared to re-do and adjust several times on this step. I think I adhered the fabric three times before I was happy with it.

Step 2: Glue the edges down

Starting with the side edge, fold it over to cover the raw edge of fabric and run a bead of glue. Just do little sections at a time. Don’t stress if it doesn’t look perfect, you’ll put it to the back of the lamp anyway so it shouldn’t show. Next glue the top and bottom edges down, pressing firmly into the crease of the shade to make sure the fabric is nice and tight.


Step 3: Add trim

This step is optional, but I really think it helps make the shade look finished. You can use any kind of trim – ribbon, beads, tassels, etc. I chose the same pom pom and rick rack trim I had used elsewhere in the room. Oh, and beware, it’s much harder to make your trim lay flat if you’re using a cone shaped shade. At first I tried using the pattern on the fabric to make sure the trim was straight, but that didn’t really work. So I broke out my hem ruler (I have no idea if that’s the correct name for this tool, but that’s what I call it).

For the bottom trim I decided to glue the trim to the inside of the shade so the pom poms hung down out of the bottom. Just a personal preference.

And that’s it! Stick in on your lamp and you’re done!

So cute and vintagy, right? I did a couple of other small projects for the room, but I didn’t think they warranted a whole tutorial so I will just point them out in my next post: The Reveal!
Check out the other projects I did for this room here:
DIY Painted Furniture
DIY Kid’s Play Tent
DIY Vintage Artwork

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