Even lampshades can become dated and if the lamp is very old or rare, it may be difficult to find a replacement. Change your approach by keeping the shade and updating it yourself. A shade covered with fabric and ribbon looks trendy and expensive. It takes only a few hours and minimal supplies to create one. After covering one shade, you will want to do all the others!
You will need:
Step 1: Put the lampshade against the front side of the fabric and roll it, using the scissors to cut two inches below and above the edges of the shade.
Step 2: Wrap the fabric completely around the shade. Trim off excess with the scissors, allowing two inches of overlap.
Step 3: Run a bead of fabric glue along the existing seam of the shade. Press one end of the fabric onto the glue. Secure this with the clean-release tape. Allow ½ hour for the glue to dry.
Step 4: Hold the loose end of the fabric and wrap fabric around the shade snugly, overlapping the end that is glued. Use the tape to temporarily secure the extra fabric to prevent it from shifting.
Step 5: Fold the excess fabric at the top and bottom toward the inside of the shade.
Step 6: Use the temporary fabric pen to mark the top edge. Cut about ½-inch beyond this line with the scissors to remove the excess fabric.
Step 7: Fold the new edge of the fabric under about ½-inch and insert this between the shade and the fabric. As you proceed, check this seam to make sure you are folding under an even amount to create an edge with a consistent appearance.
Step 8: Run a bead of glue between the shade and the folded fabric. Press the fabric firmly into place.
Step 9: Repeat Steps 6 through 8 on the bottom edge of the shade.
Step 10: Remove the clean-release tape that is securing the excess width of fabric. Create a finished edge by turning ½-inch of the cut end under and secure this with the glue. Run a bead of glue on the underside of this finished edge. Firmly press the edge onto the shade, adhering it.
Step 10: Start at the seam and brush the fabric glue onto the bottom and top edges of the shade, working in small sections. Place the ribbon on top of the glue, working back to the seam. Cut the ribbon, leaving a small amount of excess. Turn the end of the ribbon under to make a finished edge. Glue this onto the shade.