Jacquelynne Steves

No-Sew Fabric Lampshade Makeover

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We have lived in our old house for about 12 years now…

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The first few years we were full of energy- many of the rooms were redecorated with gusto- sometimes more than once!! But as the years went on… we ran out of steam (raise your hand if you can relate.) We had a spare bedroom which got very little use, and it became a sad, dark, little “dump-it” room (you know, the place where you stash the stuff that you don’t know what else to do with….)  And sorry, I don’t have any before pictures… who wants evidence of that?

Finally, enough became enough, and I mustered the enthusiasm and energy to makeover this little room. I wanted it to be cute and cottage-y and comfortable.  I wanted sort of a neutral palette, so that I could display my quilts on the bed. I imagined a black, white, and gray room, with a few pops of red (most of my quilts contain red or pink.) It quickly became apparent that that was not enough color for me, nor cheerful enough. So I added some turquoise and yellow accents and it came to life….

I did a lot of DIY projects for the room. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing tutorials for a lot of those projects, and then I will do a final “Reveal” of the entire room. So stay tuned!

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As part of our spare bedroom makeover, I thought it would be fun to dress up some lampshades. I got these very basic lamps at Target, but I’ve also covered the lampshades on flea market finds- and oh-what-a-difference it makes! Amazing!

 

And by the way- this is a totally No-Sew project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will need:

  • A lampshade– old or new
  • Glue– Tacky glue or a glue gun. I like the Tacky glue because I can slide my fabric into place if I don’t get it exactly where I want it the first time, and I hate having the glue gun’s inevitable burnt and blistered fingers. But it’s up to you.
  • Fabric– here is the fun part. Use a solid and then dress it up with trim, or go with a bold print that makes a statement
  • Optional- trim, ribbon, buttons, etc. to decorate
  • Large piece of scrap paper for template (a newspaper works well)
  • Scissors for paper and fabric, marker, straight pins

 

To begin, you will need to make a template. Place the lampshade on the paper, lining up the seam on the lampshade with the edge of the paper.

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Draw a line about 2” from the bottom edge of the shade. Slowly roll the shade along the paper, marking a line as you go. When you come back to the seam on the lampshade, extend the line another inch beyond the seam.

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Line up the seam of the lampshade with the edge of the paper again and repeat, marking a line about 2” above the top edge of the shade. Once again, extend your drawn line about 1” beyond the seam of the shade.

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Draw a line to connect your ending points. Cut out the template. Try out your template on your lampshade to make sure that the ends will overlap by about 1” in the back, and that you have at least 1” of extra fabric along the top and bottom.

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Pin paper template to fabric and cut out.

Place the lampshade on the wrong side of the fabric. Roll the shade along the fabric to make sure that the fabric extends at least 1” beyond the top and bottom edges of the shade.

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Fold down one of the edges of the fabric about 1/4” toward the wrong side of the fabric. Glue in place.

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Center lampshade on wrong side of fabric, with the seam of the lampshade facing up (you will want the seam of the lampshade to match up approximately with the seam in the fabric.)

Place glue on top and bottom edges of lampshade. Working from the front of lampshade, glue on fabric.

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On the back of the lampshade, place the folded seam over the raw edge.

Trim the top and bottom edges of fabric as necessary so that it extends about 1” from the top and bottom edges of the lampshade.

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Now you will need to glue down the top and bottom edges of the fabric. Fold the fabric toward the wrong side about 1/4”, then fold again over the top of the lampshade. Glue in place. Snip the fabric over the wire frame of the lampshade so it lays flat.

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If you’ve used Tacky glue, use straight pins to hold in place until glue dries.

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Repeat with bottom edge.

(If you find that your fabric isn’t long enough to fold twice, you can just glue a piece of ribbon over the raw edge to cover it up. No worries!)

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It’s time for trim! If you’ve used a bold or busy fabric, you may not need to add any other embellishment. Since I used a fabric that was almost solid, I felt my lampshade needed a little “something…”

 

I had some pretty white ribbon to glue around the shade. Here is a little tip- a hem gauge, which you can pick up in the sewing notions department, makes it super easy to get your trim in exactly the right place all the way around the lampshade.

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Isn’t it cute? But I think it still needs something else….

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I think a variety of mismatched buttons will do the trick!

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Ta-da! I made 2 shades for the nightstand lamps, and they really add a little personality and charm to the room.

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Have you ever tried covering lampshades with fabrics? Or have you tried other ways of decorating them, such as paint? Please share your ideas with the rest of us!

 

Click here for more crafty project ideas!

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14 Comments


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    Teresa in Music City
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    That’s such a clever way to spruce up a boring lamp! Not to mention adding color and life to a tired room! My guest room is like yours used to be – definitely in need of brightening up.


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      Jacquelynne
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      I still have a few more projects to do in there, but it is a definite improvement….


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    Christine M
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Your lamp looks great Jacquelynne.


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      Jacquelynne
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Christine!


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        judy
        Posted August 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

        I love this so pretty, thanks for sharing


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    Carolyn
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Adorable! Can’t wait to try this in some different colors for my girls room!


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      Jacquelynne
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      Please send some photos- I’d love to see it :)


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    Judy
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Your lampshade turned out beautiful. It looks like a project that doesn’t take too long and you can really make it fit your own decor with the embellishments.


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      Jacquelynne
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      Yes Judy, that’s the beauty of it- You can take any old lampshade and personalize it to any decor and any room in your house. I think rick rack or pom pom fringe would be really cute, don’t you?


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    Jacque (aka Snoodles)
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Just popped over to the new blog….it’s wonderful! Love this project, too. Hope your Market trip went well, and that you and yours have a lovely holiday weekend. Hugs!


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      Jacquelynne
      Posted May 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      You know… I ended up not going to Quilt Market. Since it was in Portland OR, and I live in NJ, it was a little far to go this time. But I did take my daughter to NYC for the weekend and I’ll have those photos on my blog later this week. Please stop back and take a peek!


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    Julia @ FaveCrafts
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelynne,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of lampshade crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/lampshade-upcycle/

    Have a great day!


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    Kaye Walker
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    I love your lamp!


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    Wendy Aaltonen
    Posted May 6, 2019 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    ThankYou,
    This Is Timely ,
    I have A lamp shade I put in My trunk to bring to make replacing helpfUl…
    I will go get out of trunk Now…No Need to Purchase Replacement…After Seeing Your Creative Re Do…I am Looking Forward to Your Incouraging Efforts and Instruction,
    Thank You So Very Much for Sharing Your Project…

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