Here is a quick and easy way to fix up those old lamp shades! It took me less than 30 minutes, about a half yard of fabric, and less than $5 in other supplies.
In transport from Richmond to Charlottesville my lamp shades got some unsightly dents in them. After living with them for over a year I decided that they just had to go! I had been eying a particular fabric for some time trying to figure out how I could use it in my room – turns out it was exactly what I needed to revamp these shades!
1. Cut down your fabric to the correct size, I took the height of the lamp shade and then added 2” allowance for my cuts. I would recommend actually adding more so that you have enough for a double turn over on the bottom of the shade.
2. Turn over about ½” at the top of your fabric to give yourself a nice straight edge. I used Aleene’s Fabric Glue for this step and use pins to hold the fabric in place while the glue dried. I also turned over the edge that I was starting with to make a nice smooth corner on my shade.
· Tip: let the fabric glue get slightly tacky before you fold over you fabric and it will help it hold quicker.
3. Line up the hem that you just made with the top lip on the interior of the lamp shade. I used hot glue for this part because I wanted it to stay put with little drying time. Where the metal crossbars were I just simply snipped my fabric and glued it on either side.
4. When I got around to the other side of the shade I cut down the excess fabric and used my pins and fabric glue to turn under the edge of my fabric to about where it should be.
5. For the bottom hem I went back to the beginning and started to turn under my edge. Using my pins to hold the fabric in about the right place, adjusting the length as needed. **Here is where I went wrong, I would recommend doing a double turn over for the bottom so that when the light is on under the shade there is a nice straight line across the bottom.** Again I used my hot glue and lined up the bottom edge with the bottom of my shade
6. When I got all the way around the shade I adjusted my side seam to the correct length and again just used the hot glue gun to get it as close to the other seam as possible.
**If you end up not having a straight line across the top and bottom of your shade, think about adding some ribbon or decorative trim to cover it up on the exterior or even the interior edges. This will block the light from coming through giving you the straight edge that you are looking for!**
So, if you have any damaged or just plain bland lamp shades think about using a fun fabric to jazz them up and add interest for to you space. This is just another fun way to use some of your favorite u-fab fabrics!