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How to Cover a Lamp Shade

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Finished Lamp Shade

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Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Style Traditional, Retro / Vintage, Classic, Victorian / Steampunk, Romantic
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What materials did you use? Double layer drapery fabric, vintage lamp shade frame, polyester knit strips to wrap metal frame, Braided decorator trim.

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What are you most proud of? I included a photograph of the drapes constructed from the same fabric. My sister Pam, a theater costumer on the East Coast sewed the drapes for me during her visit. She literally stepped out of the car upon arrival and I greeted her--handing her the bolt of fabric to make the drapes. She and I are both seamstresses, but she is by far--the master of sewing!! Tip: Pam has a fabulous tip for making drapes fall into a perfect puddle. She makes the hem length 4-6" longer and adds covered piping to finish the hem. To get the perfect puddle, lift and pull the drape towards you--like you are arranging a train on a wedding dress on a bride. As you let go of the drape--it falls back into position and puddles perfectly. The fabric covered cotton piping adds "just enough" weight to the hem to make it happen.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? There are two distinct ways to cover lamp shades. My previous toile lamp shade project I posted and this project illustrate how to prepare a frame, sew fabric onto frame sections, and hide the hand stitches with hot gluing braided trim. This technique is used to cover "odd" shaped lamp shade frames, covering one section at a time. For simple round lamp shade frames you'll want to make a slip cover--I'll add another lamp shade project to show you how to do that called "Kathy's Blue and White Lampshade"

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Love it and the drapes look stunning....

11/29/2012 Flag

H Christine. How was your Christmas? Thanks for dropping me a note and commenting on the lamp shade and drapes. What new projects are you working on?

12/26/2012 Flag