Cover a Lampshade with Fabric

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how to cover a lampshade with fabric

Need to update your bedroom a bit?  Try making some slight changes to your lamps instead of buying new ones.  Spray paint the base, buy a new shade, or cover your existing shade with fabric.

We have been slowly transforming our bedroom to match the new comforter I bought with my birthday money this spring.  I knew we needed to get new lamps.  One of the lamps I fell in love with at Marshall’s several years ago.  Luckily I was able to migrate it to the guest bedroom where it ties in perfectly.  The black one I put in our garage sale box.

diy cover lampshade with fabric

Previous lamps in master bedroom

fabric covered lampshade

Previous guest bedroom lamp I've had since I was a kid

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

Lamp from master bedroom now sits proudly in the guest bedroom

I opted for some modern looking lamps from Target that had clean lines.  Can you believe they only cost $16 each, including the shade?  I didn’t want to be matchy-matchy so I chose to get green and Jeff picked out white.  Those of you who know us shouldn’t be surprised.  I tend to go for color and Jeff prefers neutral tones.  My favorite color is apple green and Jeff’s is gray.  It’s amazing we ever decide on anything when it comes to decorating!

Room Essentials Stick Lamp White looks great anywhere–from your bedside to your living room.  It features a pull chain which provides a convenient method for turning the lamp on and off.  It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

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Our lamps from Target making their debut

The green was just a little off, but I wasn’t worried because I had been wanting to try covering a lampshade with fabric anyway.  I really liked these lamps from Target because they not only look modern but they are a perfect circle all the way around.  Because the top of the shade is the same size as the bottom, I knew it would make it much easier to cover with fabric.  If your lampshade is not a perfect cylinder (i.e. the same circumference on the top rim and bottom rim) check out Isabella & Max Rooms’ blog on how to cut your fabric for the shade.

I found a dark brown print with a white leafy pattern at JoAnn Fabrics that compliments the new comforter.  I used my 40% off coupon and got the fabric for around $1.

Supplies:
  • spray adhesive
  • enough fabric to cover lampshade
  • ribbon for trim
  • scissors
how to cover a lampshade with fabric

Game Plan:

1. Line fabric up with lampshade.  Make sure to leave at least an inch fabric on both sides of the lampshade.  Also line the edge of the fabric up with the lampshade seam.

I didn’t leave enough fabric on both sides of the lampshade so when I wrapped it, some of the pieces were pretty short.  I also made the mistake of not cutting the bottom of the fabric off.  If I had, it would have made the wrapping and gluing process much easier.  Next time…

diy cover a lampshade with fabric

Leave an inch overhang of fabric so that you can wrap it around the lampshade

2.  Follow directions to use spray adhesive.  I sprayed both the shade and fabric and let them sit for a minute and then began rolling the shade onto the fabric while pulling the fabric taught.

If you have an extra set of hands around, I suggest involving him/her because it will make the process much easier.  I liked using spray adhesive because it allowed me to reposition the fabric easily until I got it right where I wanted it.  You could use fabric glue or hot glue also but I was afraid of wet stains soaking through the fabric.  I was happy with the spray adhesive and will use it again when I repeat this project in the future!

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

cover a lampshade with fabric

Wrap and adhere fabric all around the lampshade

3. Here is where I cut the bottom fabric off, but like I said, if I could do it all over again, I would have done this in step one.

cover a lampshade with fabric

4.  Make a clean seam by folding the edge of the fabric under and then gluing it down.

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

Make a clean seam by folding the fabric under

5. Cut slits in the fabric that is sticking out every 2-3 inches to help the fabric lay down smoothly against the inside of the lampshade.  Spray more spray adhesive if the fabric is no longer sticky.

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

Cut slits in fabric to make it lay nicely

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

Glue fabric to inside of lampshade

6. Cut two pieces of ribbon to fit around both the top and bottom of the lampshade.

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

7. Using spray adhesive or fabric glue, glue the ribbon to the inside of the lampshade.  Place the edge of the ribbon right next to the lip of the shade.

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

I should've went under the metal supports and later went back and fixed it

8.  Put your lamp back together and grab a good book to read!

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

The finished product!

I was hoping when I bought the fabric and lampshade that the green would poke through.  It doesn’t when it is not in use, but I love the surprise when you turn the light on!

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

how to cover a lampshade with fabric

What other ideas do you have for revamping a lamp?

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