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February 5, 2013

Mini Lampshade Tutorial

Supplies

scissors

sewing machine

glue gun

new material

old lampshade

I have a few little lamps around the house and the shades are old and granny-like. I have been looking at them for years thinking about recovering them. For some reason i kept looking at the seams in the shade and thinking that it looked awfully hard. Well it’s really not. It’s very easy and I finally got around to it last night. I got some great fabric from my trip last week to the fabric store, Michael Levine, in Los Angeles. At only $11 a yard I got 2 yards of this awesome bird, vintage print and I’m planning on making some pillows or a footstool with the rest.

lamp2Take off the old shade, see what I mean when I say it was ugly. You want to take it off in one piece to get your pattern for the new material. Usually you can peel it off from the top and bottom.

lamp3Once you have the frame of the lamp you can set it aside. Now get out your sewing machine. Really not much sewing here. Only two seams. Place your old shade fabric on top of new pretty fabric and cut around the old piece. Easy peasy. Cut two pieces exact same size and face outer sides together and sew along the right and left side. Following how your old shade is sewn. My old piece was sewn from top to bottom at sort of at an angle. Remeber to secure your beginning and end of the seam by reversing. You’ll want to do this for later when the fabric is pulled and stretched over the frame. Here the closer the better. You want the new shade to fit over the “bones” of the lamp snugly so it looks nicer. So once you sew it turn it inside out and test over frame to see if it’s snug, if not sew a little closer to the edge.

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photo copy 7You can’t tell from this picture except for looking at the top fabric how taut it is. Pull it down onto the frame like your pulling on a favorite pair of tight jeans ;). Your seams should be stable enough to handle this.

Now for the fun part. Plug in your glue gun. Don’t burn your fingers!

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Starting at the top, put a bead of glue about 1 inch long along the top of the inner edge of frame and roll fabric over the top of the frame with your fingers almost like your pinching the fabric together from the inside and the outside and wiping your fingers on the fabric at the same time. Make sure your fabric will pull down over the bottom frame while gluing and that you have enough at the bottom to cover the frame.

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When done with the top flip it over and do the same to the bottom. Pulling tautly. lamp11Snip off loose strings, etc. At this point you can do the same thing to the inside but then you have to put trim around the top and bottom to hide your glued edges. It depends if you want the inside lined or not. I did not line mine.

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photo copy 13photo copy 9What do you think? Can you see the matching lamp in the background? He’s yelling “me next, me next!” Yes, I am a little delirious. I think it was pretty easy and definitely not worth all the procrastination.

Be Blessed, xoxo

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