Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lampshades 101

Everyone loves the lampshades we have in the store and so Sonya is sharing how she recovers a lampshade.  We are hoping to feature a "how to" each month until we run out of ideas!  If you want to know how we do certain things at the shop, just leave us a comment and we'll see what we can do.

Starting at the lamp shade seam, clip or mark with a pin a starting point on the fabric.  Then roll the shade (see next picture) on the fabric to be sure you have enough fabric and to position a particular part of the fabric you may want for the front of the shade.  A cone shape shade will take more fabric than a drum shape.

I have used a narrow piece of fabric to illustrate why you need to position shade on fabric before glueing.  Mark your starting point on the fabric with a pin at the top and bottom of shade seam.

My "spray booth" is a sheet of plastic over a chair and coffee can.

Roll the glued shade onto the fabric and smooth into place as you roll.  Then do a generous rough trim at the top and bottom.  Follow the side seam of the shade to trim fabric leaving a 1/2" edge to glue down.

Now, carefully trim again with just enough fabric to completely cover rim of shade.  Then run a good bead of glue (I use Tacky glue) on the fabric and then smooth glue with your finger to be sure the outside edge of fabric is covered with glue.  Do a section at a time and then clip down with binder clips.

Voila!!   Two finished lampshades (I did another one when you weren't looking).


Andy's Attic said...

I love the lamp shades and I love tutorials. So glad you are going to do them monthly. I'm not crafty but tutorials make it all seem like I could accomplish it.
Thank you,

Unknown said...

Nice tutorial! Shades are great! Thanks for sharing. 8>)

helle said...

Just what I needed to finish one of my projects!! Thanks..

Greetings from Denmark


summersundays-jw said...

I've covered shades before but think I've made it way too difficult. Today I'm trying it your way. Thanks! Jan

Gracie's Cottage said...

Nifty idea...and it looks great!


Unknown said...

Just started following you . Thanks for the tutorial, I love anything that helps me save money decorating my home , I will try this !

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Ok just came over from Maria's blog.....
I think I can do this......
Looks easy...?
I didn't know you Maria's Aunt!
Hi, nice to meet you, I just became a follower!
I'll let you know how the lamp shade turns out!

Heaven's Walk said...

Glad to meet you, Sonya! I just popped over from Maria's blog this afternoon to check out how you made that charming lampshade for her! It's sooo pretty! Thanks for the great tutorial. It certainly looks like something that I can handle! :) I'm happily following you now and looking forward to more great ideas from you!

xoxo laurie

Melissa said...

morning from england!

i too am from maria's and already love your blog!
i have always wanted a simple covering technique- this is perfect!

thankyou from another happy new follower!

melissa x

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MyBluePeacock said...

Just found you via Maria at DreamyWhites! And soooooo very glad I did...I dearly love tutorials, so I'll definitely be back!!!

Nik said...

Found you through Dreamy Whites and added you to StumbleUpon. Hope it brings you some traffic to this great, easy how-to!