How to Restore a Lamp Shadecomments (8) January 20th, 2010
Sew the cover, and apply it to the frame
Adding a lining and pretty trim to your lamp shade creates a professional look
1. Stitch all the vertical seams together. With right sides together, sew the fabric panels together with a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance. Repeat for the lining.
2. Align the steams, and hand-stitch. Turn your fabric right-side out, and stretch it over the lamp-shade frame, lining up the seams with the spokes. Make any necessary adjustments for fit. Then, use a hand-sewing needle and matching thread to whipstitch the seam allowance to the tape-wrapped spokes.
3. Fit the top and bottom. Turn the fabric over the top and bottom of the frame to the inside, pull it taut, and apply a few drops of glue with a hot glue gun to secure it only to the frame. Trim the excess fabric.
4. Insert the lining. With wrong sides together, pin the lining inside the lamp-shade form, aligning the seams with the wire-frame spokes. Then, blindstitch the lining to the wrapped fabric spokes. Fold the top and bottom of the lining fabric to the inside, and hand-sew invisible stitches to form a clean, neat finished edge.
5. Apply decorative trim. Add decorator trimmings to the bottom and/or top edges of the lamp shade. Tassel, beaded, and fringe trims are beautiful lamp-shade embellishments.
To Glue or Sew: If you don’t care about having perfectly finished seams and edges, you can simply glue your fabric to the frame with a hot glue gun and then glue the lining in place on the inside. Use the decorative trim to cover the top and bottom edges of the frame. If your fabric is heavy enough, you may want to forgo the lining altogether. Hold your fabric up to a bright light and see how much light passes through it.
excerpted from CraftStylish Restyle, p. 41.
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