Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Recovering a Lamp Shade
That being said - this was sooo much easier than I thought it would be.
First, peel off the edging and set it to the side. Then carefully peel the fabric off the plastic shade base.
Lay the old shade fabric on top of the new fabric. Move it around until you have the pattern you want. Trace and cut it out, leaving yourself around 1/4" around the edges (you'll trim it later).
Now heat up the glue gun (or get out the fabric glue). While that heats, trim the excess (if any) from around the top and bottom of the shade. Turn the edge of the vertical seam under a little bit and secure with glue.
Now get out the edge trim that you set aside. If you are using new trim, use the old trim as a cutting guide. I reused the same trim, though I considered using a coordinating bias tape. Glue the trim along the top and bottom edges, folding under the ends.
Cost: $5 for the original shade, $2 in fabric