To finish off our lamp makeover, let’s make a great shade to go with it. Start with a basic shaped lamp shade.
Peel the tape off the top and bottom. If you’re using the same shade fabric to recover it you can reuse this tape. If the color is different you can leave it unfinished or get some bias tape in a matching color.
Measure the circumference of the shade.
I used a light chiffon to recover this so you could see through when the light was on. Take your circumference measurement and times it by 2.5 to get the length you need. Make sure your width is the width of the shade PLUS 2 inches.
Take your chiffon piece and start by pinning in to the top of the shade Make sure you fold the chiffon over the edge and that you get the pieces folded over on the backside pinned as well. After you pin the top do the same all the way around the bottom.
After you pin it well, get a upholstery needle and some thicker thread and sew the shade in place, going from from to back so you get all of it sewn. This takes a little bit of time, but trust me- chiffon and hot glue is a burn accident waiting to happen. I know from experience…
When you’re done sewing the top and bottom, trim off any excess on the back of the shade.
Now for the decor on lampshade. Get some ribbon. I used this charcoal grossgrain to tie in with my base. You will need 3 times your circumference.
Fold it over as shown…
…then fold it like this to create small box pleats.
Pin in place and do the whole strip like this.
Stitch in place down the middle.
You can reattach the tape that some shade have or use bias tape to finish off the top and bottom. I didn’t have the right color so I did without for the pictures.
Add a lovely finial and you’re done!
I really love this detail.
And I don’t think I showed you all my MAJOR score of the year. I have been pining over old mailboxes for years now, finally came across this dream one and got it for FREE!
Isn’t it dreamy? I have BIG plans for his…
Enjoy! Add pics to the flickr group!
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