How to Recover a Lamp Shade with Fabric


Sometimes it’s the small details in a room that help to bring color and uniqueness to a space. One such small detail is the lamp shade. So often lamp shades with decorative designs and pretty colors can be hard to find without a high price tag. Today we have a tutorial for giving a plain old lamp shade a beautiful makeover by covering it with fabric. Recovering a lamp shade is a quick and easy project (no sewing required!) that will produce stunning results.

When selecting a fabric for your lamp shade, you’ll want to take the fabric weight and pattern into consideration. Select a thin, light weight fabric so the light from the lamp will shine through better. Depending on the shape of your lamp shade, you will need to be careful about the pattern you choose. An even drum shade (where the top and bottom diameters are equal) will work with any pattern. However, if the top and bottom diameters of your shade are slightly different, a vertically linear pattern might not be a good choice. As the shade curves, the pattern will appear to fall into the back seam. A more random pattern is best for this situation.

In this video demonstration, you will see how to pattern the fabric for your shade and how to glue it in place. Extra embellishments, like trim, beading or fringe, can be added with a hot glue gun at the end.


How to Recover a Lamp Shade with Fabric

  1. Trace the shape of your lamp shade by rolling it across a piece of patterning paper.
  2. Add 1/2 inch to each long side of the pattern and 1 inch to one short side.
  3. Cut out the pattern.
  4. Trace the pattern onto the backside of your fabric piece and cut out the fabric.
  5. In a well-ventilated area, spray the back of the fabric with a spray adhesive.
  6. Fold over roughly a 1/2-inch hem on one short side of the fabric. Spray the hem with adhesive.
  7. Carefully center your shade on the fabric, lining up the existing seam with the edge of the fabric.
  8. Roll the shade along the fabric, smoothing it out as you go.
  9. Fold under the edges around the top and bottom. For an extra strength hold, add a little hot glue under the top and bottom edges.
  10. Add trim or other decorations if desired.

For your lamp shade project, check out our wide selection of fabrics at

Have you ever spruced up a lamp shade? Let us know how your projects turn out!

1 comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: