How to Restore a Lamp Shadecomments (8) January 20th, 2010
Got an old lamp shade that has seen better days? Instead of tossing it in the trash, salvage the lamp-shade form, and remake it to suit your style. With a little creative know-how, you can do away with a lackluster or damaged cover and create a new cover in any fabric or design you like.
All you need is a lamp shade with a wire frame, some fabric and a few basic sewing supplies. You could buy new fabric, but with so little required (depending on the size of your lamp shade), this is the perfect project for leftover fabric. Or, you can even use coordinating fabric scraps and piece them together.
What You'll Need:
• Hand-sewing needles
• High-temperature hot glue gun
• Seam tape
• Sewing machine
• Thread to match
• Wire-frame lamp shade
Optional: Decorative trim
Prep and drape your lamp shade
Before you begin, measure the distance between the side spokes of the lamp-shade form. If it is the same distance all the way around, you can drape just one section of the lamp shade. If not, you’ll need to create a pattern for the whole shade according to the individual measurements.
1. Remove all of the fabric from the lamp-shade frame with scissors.
2. Wrap the spokes of the wire frame with seam tape. Using a hot glue gun, apply a drop of glue to attach the tape to the frame.
3. Drape the lamp shade to create a pattern. Drape a piece of muslin over the lamp-shade form, and pin to fit the frame in one panel area. Use chalk or a marking pen to trace the spokes that form he panel shape onto the muslin.
4. Use the pattern to cut out the fabric and lining. Remove the muslin from the lamp shade, and add seam allowances: 1⁄4 inch at the sides and 1 inch at the top and bottom. Cut out the pattern. Using the pattern, cut out as many fabric and lining panels as you need. The lamp shade shown required six panels.
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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