I love my lamps. It’s a fact. I know I’ve blogged about it before. But, like many of us, my colors have changed to a more neutral palette and my shades needed changing. I FINALLY found the courage to try a more PROFESSIONAL approach to recovering my lamp shades after reading This Post from Sonya at Beyond The Screen Door. She did a great post on recovering lamp shades.
Here is my first shade. I sat it on a bowl to photograph. It will be going to The Rink with a pretty turquoise lamp base. As much as I hate it, I’ll be selling this one.
But……I just had to recover one for myself, so I tore into this lamp shade of mine.
I was fortunate when I removed the outer fabric and the lining remained intact.
The outer fabric came off in one piece.
I folded it in half and used it as my pattern for the new fabric. A soft burlap look alike. Unfortunately, there’s no pulling that trim off. I would have loved to reuse it.
Then I pinned my fabric to the old shade and adjusted my seam allowance as needed. I sewed my seam down each side and basically made a lamp shade slip cover. Then pulled it over the shade form like a tight old fashioned girdle!
Good and tiiighhhht…….
“are you sure that isn’t TOO tight” ouch!
I turned the ends to the inside and glued seam binding on the inside for a pretty professional looking finish.
And here it is!
I finished it off with a cotton lace ruffle and lace trim from Hobby Lobby.
And here’s the before. I’m bound and determined to save that trim somehow!
Thank you Sonya for your great tutorial. I’m ready to redesign and redo all of the shades in the house!
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