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Make Your Own Lampshades
Master this traditional method and breathe new life
into a pre-loved lampshade by covering it with some
dazzling new fabric.

why not
Use plain fabric for the outside
and a patterned fabric for
the lining.

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  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by covering the top and bottom rings of the frame, as
    well as two opposite vertical struts, with bias binding or cotton
    tape. This is to provide a base to stitch the fabric to. Work out
    how much bias binding or tape you need by adding twice the
    circumference of the top and bottom rings and four times the
    length of one vertical strut. Wind the tape around the top ring
    where it meets a vertical strut (choose a vertical strut
    next to the gimbal if yours are
    positioned this way), overlapping
    each twist of tape. Cover the
    top ring, then go down the
    vertical strut, round the
    bottom ring and then finish
    off by covering the facing
    vertical strut in the same way.
    Tie off the ends securely and
    finish off with a couple of tiny
    stitches to secure.

  • Step 2

    To work out how much fabric you need, measure one
    vertical strut and add 4 in. (10 cm), then measure the
    circumference of the bottom ring and add on 5 in. (12.5 cm).
    Cut a rectangle of fabric to this size from both the main fabric
    and the lining fabric.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold your fabric in half, short
    edges and right sides together, and
    with the straight of grain running
    vertically, pin the fabric to half the
    frame at the four corners where the
    two bound side struts join the top
    and bottom rings. Gently stretch
    this double layer of fabric to the
    sides, and pin it to the two vertical
    struts, stretching the fabric taut and
    adjusting the pins as you go.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pin the fabric to the top and
    bottom rings in the same way,
    gently stretching the fabric and
    adjusting pins to remove any
    wrinkles until it is perfectly smooth.
    Keep the sharp ends of pins on
    the outside so you don’t scratch
    your fingers.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 5
    Step 5

    Once your fabric is smooth,
    take your tailor’s chalk or soft
    pencil and mark along the vertical
    struts between the pins, extending
    the lines 5⁄8 in. (1.5 cm) beyond the
    top and bottom rings. Mark the top
    and bottom rings in the same way.
    Without removing the fabric from
    the frame, tack the two layers of
    fabric together 3/4 in. (2 cm)
    outside the lines and remove
    all the pins.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 6
    Step 6

    Remove the fabric from the frame and,
    using a sewing machine, stitch down the
    vertical tailor’s chalk lines. Trim the
    vertical seam allowances to 1/4 in.
    (5 mm) but leave at least 11/4 in.
    (3 cm) excess outside the top and
    bottom (horizontal) chalk lines. Press the
    seams open. Make the lining in exactly the
    same way.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 7
    Step 7

    Turn the outer fabric right side out and slip it over
    the frame, lining up the side seams with the two bound
    struts and the horizontal lines with the top and bottom
    rings. Adjust to fit snugly and pin in place.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using double thread, stitch the cover to the frame
    along the top and bottom rings, keeping the stitches to
    the outside. Trim away excess fabric close to stitching.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 9
    Step 9

    If your frame has a gimbal that joins in two places,
    simply unpick the top of the side seams by 3/4 in. (2 cm)
    to accommodate the gimbal. If your frame has a
    gimbal that joins the frame in more than two places,
    turn the shade upside down and drop the lining in,
    matching the side seams with the bound struts. With a
    pencil or tailor’s chalk, mark on your lining where the
    gimbal struts fall, cut 3/4 in. (2 cm) slits, and finish them
    off with matching bias binding. Carefully trim away the
    excess fabric as close to the stitching as you can.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 10
    Step 10

    Press the lining and place it inside the frame. Pin
    securely and stitch it in place in the same way as you
    did the outer fabric, keeping the stitching to the outside
    so it is covering the stitching on the outer fabric as
    much as possible.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Classic Lined Bell Shade - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut your chosen trim to the circumference of each
    ring, adding 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) for overlap. Using doublestick
    tape or strong glue, attach to the bottom of the
    frame to cover all stitching. Repeat with a matching
    plain trim at the top ring.

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