Autumn Jubilee Fabric Crafting – Recovering a Lamp Shade

Autumn Jubilee has to include some crafting time, and this one will use fabric.  I found this little lamp at a thrift store (naturally, LOL!!), and it was the size I wanted for the den.  I needed a small lamp to provide some low light for the room when we are watching movies.  My Sweet Babboo likes to turn off the lights and have a home theater effect, but having all the lights off is actually too dark and creates a bit of eye strain looking at the TV.  So, a small light is nice.  I had a really small lamp before, but I wanted to move it as it was dark red.  This one has a green base.

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But, in spite of putting a very low wattage bulb in it, it was too bright.  Add to that the shade is funky in the way it attaches to the base, so not easy to just replace.

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The answer was to cover the shade with fabric and trim.  I took the base to the fabric store, and matched the green, then picked up some beads and braid.

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Begin by making a pattern for the shade.  Place the seam on the paper and draw a straight line.

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Then, roll the shade, marking the edge lines as you go, until the seam is again on the paper.

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Cut out the shape, extending one edge about an inch to be sure you have overlap, and cutting generously so you have a bit of overage on the top and bottom.

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Do a test fit to be sure you have it right.  There should be some overage on the top and bottom.

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Place the pattern on the fabric, and cut out the cover.

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Test fit again.

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Press under one end to create a finished edge.

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Using a spray glue, lightly spray the fabric on the wrong side.

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Starting with the raw edge, press the fabric to the shade.

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Continue around until the cover is in place.

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Trim the bottom even with the edge of the shade.

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Then do the same on the top.

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Heat up the glue gun and get the trims ready.

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Run a thin line of glue down the inside of the seam and press it down firmly.

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Working with just a couple of inches at a time, run a thin line of glue on the bottom edge and press the beading ribbon in place.

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Work all the way around the bottom. Don’t worry about the ribbon color, we’ll cover it up.

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Now, using the same technique, glue the braid trim over the ribbon.

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At the joining point, cut the braid to length, and mesh together at the seam line.

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Glue braid to the top, covering the raw edge of the fabric.

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All done.

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Now there is a dark cover which will lower significantly the amount of light coming from the lamp.

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With the lamp on, you can see how it lowers the light emitted through the shade.  If you wanted to keep the light level high but dress up the shade, use a light color fabric.

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So, there it is, with the Autumn Jubilee wool work penny rug from last year’s event, and a leaf candle.  I added a black tassel to the neck of the lamp, something my mother used to do with her lamps.

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Today’s project was designed to lower light levels, but most of the time we need more light.  This was the perfect time to do the Inspired LED giveaway!

Returning sponsor Inspired LED is giving away THREE lighting kits for your sewing machine, along with the extension kits!!  Who couldn’t use more lighting?  This one is limited to USA due to electrical differences, but if an international winner is chosen, I’ll send you something else and draw again.  Just leave a comment on this post, then click on the Rafflecopter below to enter the drawing.  Hurry, this one is only open for entries until midnight Tuesday night.

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75 thoughts on “Autumn Jubilee Fabric Crafting – Recovering a Lamp Shade

  1. Brenda

    Who couldn’t use more lighting, especially at the sewing machine! I currently use a little portable light that sits flat in front and shines on the needle area. It is battery operated and uses a lot of batteries but is very bright. I love how you covered your lampshade!

  2. Wow! Your lamp turned out great! What neat and tidy work. Yes, these older eyes can always use more and more light these days! Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Joy B

    I could indeed use more lightings at my sewing machine. I might also recover the shade of one of my favorite lamps!

  4. My hubby likes the room dark for tv watching, but not me. Great project and nice way to repurpose an older lamp shade. Tip for hot glue gun users – get out your long tweezers to hold your ribbon/embellishments so you don’t burn your fingers. (I have a great set from Harbor Freight I use!)

  5. I had looked to do that to one of my lamp shades lately, but the old shade had cracks in it (plastic underside), and I figured the cracks would show through the fabric as well. 😦 Because this looks like a fun project!

  6. That’s a great idea. I have the perfect shade in need of recovering.

    I have an old Kenmore with no light on it and have been looking at that special lighting to use on it. The older I’ve gotten, the more crucial good lighting is.

  7. Vicki in MN

    Your lamp covering tutorial is great Carole, thank you. Yes, can’t we all use a bit more light by the sewing machine!

  8. Karen McMahon

    I really like your lamp shade. Thank you for the instructions. I always need more light in my sewing room.

  9. Joanne McA

    Very nice job on the lamp shade. I could really use more light around my sewing area. These old eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.

  10. Loris Mills

    Great tutorial! I agree about the lighting needed with watching a TV. This little lamp is perfect for your space. Great idea!

  11. Loris Mills

    Ooops! Didn’t notice the question! I was lucky and won an Inspired LED last year that went on my two Berninas and purchased yet another set to use on my longarm! 🙂 so my sewing machine is lit up well. I could use better whole room lighting though I think.

  12. farmquilter

    Old eyes definitely need more light, everywhere!!! Awesome giveaway, thank you!! Love your lamp – it looks great!!!

  13. KJH

    What a fabulous and useful tutorial. Thank you. I have been playing with lighting in the sewing room. I always seem to need more. 🙂

  14. Kathy Inozarks

    wow this is really neat-I am pinning it to save for later-thanks for the tutorial-You are so good at these things-hugs

  15. Laura M

    I had never thought about recovering a lamp shade. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. We all know that good light is essential.

  16. Paula

    I could definitely use more lighting in my sewing room, especially on my sewing machine. Thanks for sharing the lampshade tutorial and for the great giveaway!

  17. Judyk

    As I age I need more and more light, I now understand why my elders always had every light on. Wish I’d had your tutorial when I crocheted a shade cover, your finishing instructions would have been useful.

  18. Debbie Miller

    I have a little lamp that I love but the shade has faded-just the trick to make new again! I need all the light I can cluster around my sewing machine-those LED lights would be just the thing!

  19. Pam Jolly

    Your lamp shade turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing how you did it. I am going to give it a try.

  20. connie wolfe

    My husband is an electrician. So, we have plenty of outlets and an abundance of lighting in the house. We do need lighting in our RV. He has been working on changing out bulbs which is tricky with the type and sizes of the ceiling lights. And, of course, I can always use lighting right at the sewing machine.
    This was an interesting project. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Sharon Church

    Your lampshade is great. I have one I need to redo, and now I know how to do it! I’ve been wanting more light at my sewing machine. Hope I win!

  22. dezertsuz

    That was fun to see how you did it. My aunt used to make her own lampshades, but I never worked with her on that. This looks easier. =)

  23. Carla G Hundley

    Wow, your shade cover looks fabulous! Great way to get less light. I do have a led light on my machine, but would love to win and give one to my sister. Can never have too much light while sewing.
    Carla from Utah

  24. quilterpt

    I love your lampshade transformation. It turned out so lovely! Yes, can definitely use more light as we were among the unlucky folks in No. Calif that had our electricity cut….after two days still waiting for it to be restored…..

  25. JennyM

    My sewing machine needs focused light in the evenings so I rarely sew at that time. Just too much strain on tired eyes. These lights look fantastic! Would love to give them a try. Thanks for all you do with Autumn Jubilee.

  26. I could definitely use more lighting in my sewing room. I don’t have an overhead light and I just had to move the second lamp into our sitting room because a different lamp broke.

  27. Sharon S

    Cute! I’ve done covering with paper, esp when you find a nice little accent lamp with an ugly shade (I have a couple that are tiny pitcher and bowls…) I am in a basement apartment, so light can be a problem, and I have daylight bulbs in the can lights in the ceiling, much prefer real daylight! I have my mother’s prescut crystal/glass lamp from the 40’s (the other was lost before I inherited this one! and it had one of those bell shades which I found a plain one at Hobby Lobby years ago) and a desk lamp that I put an oval shade on, perhaps it’s time for a recover…

  28. Pam

    Definitely need more light while hand and machine sewing as well as craft/garden table. Awesome lamp shade idea even in white! Many shades are yellowing due to age but don’t want to incur cost of replacement!

  29. Harolde

    Yes, my wife and I share the sewing room, and as we are getting older, it’s harder and harder to see. We definitely need a better lighting solution!

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