How to Recover a Lampshade with Fabric

I have been searching for an affordable wall sconce for the bathroom and haven’t been able to find one that I love. Finally I found these but I’m not big on grey so I decided to quickly share how to recover a lampshade with fabric! It’s honestly pretty easy and can be a game changer for thrifted lamps!

I love that you can change any lamp to better fit your space with this simple tutorial! You can use any pattern or color fabric to make a room pop or just use a different neutral like I did here that better fits your space. I am definitely going to use this on a few lamps at the cottage that have lampshades that are past their prime haha.

close up of creamy linen lampshade on gold wall sconce

Materials Needed:

How to Recover a Lampshade with Fabric:

  • If the lamp shade has any extra fabric/trim along the edges, remove it.
  • Lay lampshade out on rolled out kraft paper.
  • Start at seam and slowly roll the shade, tracing along the bottom edge until you get back to the seam.
  • Roll it back along the line you drew and repeat at the seam along the top of the shade.
  • Connect lines along the end using a ruler.
  • Use ruler to measure out about 1/2″ from the top and bottom edges and 1″ on one of the short sides and trace shape around previous shape.
  • Cut out kraft paper pattern.
  • Pin onto new fabric and trace shape.
  • Cut out fabric.
  • Use spray adhesive or a glue/water mixture to start attaching fabric to shade. I like to start with one of the straight edges right along the previous seam.
  • Continue until you are almost to the other end. Fold 1/2″ of fabric under and glue in place. This will create a fold so you cannot see the raw edge once it is glued.
  • Glue final edge in place. (I sometimes use a tiny line of hot glue here for extra security.)
  • Along the top edge, fold 1/4″ of fabric in onto the rest of the extra fabric and hot glue in place.
  • Now fold all of this extra fabric along the top down into the shade and glue in place.
  • Repeat with the bottom.
cream shade on gold wall sconce on a white wall
gold wall sconce with lamp shade in a white and brown bathroom

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