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Crafting Fabric Covered Lampshades

Updated on September 11, 2014

How To Make Fabric Lampshades

One of the best ways to create a unique home accent that will stand out from the rest of the room is to infuse it with the beauty and energy of illumination.

By creating custom fabric covered lampshades, you can combine the beauty of the light within the lamp, with the artistic designs of your own inspiration to make home décor pieces which naturally draw the attention of anyone who enters the space.

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What You Need to Create your Fabric covered Lampshade

For starters, you will need a sturdy lamp shade crafted with soft translucent material that allows a decent amount of light to flow through it. This allows you to create glowing displays depending on the material that you choose to cover it with. The type of shade you get will depend on whether you have a large or small, floor or table lamp that you are covering.

The fabric you choose should reflect the mood of the piece you are trying to create. Dark material will blot out the light, glowing only slightly or not at all, while lighter materials will tend to radiate the glow from within. By choosing fabric that has contrasting dark and light patches you can create attractive illuminated shade covers that compliment the depth of night with bursts of bright. This can create decorative lamps which are more centerpiece than merely functional lighting options.

Step By Step Directions for Crafting Fabric Covered Lampshades

Once you have your materials, lay the lamp shade down on the fabric and roll it until the cloth completely surrounds the shade, with a few inches of overlap at the end. Next you want to trim the material down until there are only two inches of overlap on the top and bottom of the shade. Trail a line of glue along the seam of the shade, and press one edge of the fabric firmly into it. Hold it in place with clean release tape for at least half an hour. Next pull the open end of the fabric tight around the shade, and tape it to itself to create a firm grip.

Then, starting at the bottom edge, fold the extra two inches of fabric that you left over the rim of the lampshade. Mark the crease that is formed with a line drawn by a felt pen. Then using cloth scissors, trim the overlap down until it is only a quarter inch above the line you drew.

To create a clean seam on the top, the extra quarter inch of material should be folded over, and then adhered to the shade with a thin line of glue. Hold the material in place with more tape to give it ample time to dry. Once complete, repeat the process on the top edge, trimming excess, and then folding the cloth over to create a clean seam. This should make the top and bottom of the decorative lamp shade cover even.

The final step involves removing the tape from the loose edge of the cloth. Then fold the material over about a half inch to get a clean seam, and glue it down tight to the other piece of fabric, as close to the original seam as possible. This should also be held in place for thirty to forty five minutes to ensure that the glue dries fully.

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    • Nancy Hardin profile image

      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, but I didn't make them, they were bought that way! Great lens, very good instructions. Forwarding to my son. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      7 years ago

      No, I don't but I use textiles as an art medium sometimes.

    • Adriana Daniela profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Market

      @Gail47: Thanks for stopping by and blessing my lens.

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      7 years ago

      No I don't, but after looking at these lampshades I'm certainly thinking about it. Spreading angel dust your way. Great lens!


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