How to make a Lamp Shade Jacket

Jan 28, 2013 by

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I’ve had this lamp since I was a single woman.  I purchased it at Bombay Company, back when the store was still in existence and back when I loved  dark wood furniture.  I still do love dark wood furniture by the way and I still own a few pieces that I cannot get myself to repaint.  It’s just that getting married and being a mother to 3 young boys, my taste in furniture changed… evolved to fit our lifestyle.

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Back to the lamp, I decided to change the shade to a more modern style.  The next question was whether to go with print or solid.  I recalled seeing different projects I pinned on Pinterest on how to recover your lamp shade.  Pretty easy project I thought.  But what if I change my beddings?  What if that clashed with the lamp?  Such dilemmas to deal with!  Thats when I decided to do a lamp shade jacket instead.  Instead of gluing the fabric to my lamp shade, I will design it so that it can be easily taken off when I’m tired of the look.  Here’s the steps I took.

1.  Make a pattern of your lamp shade.  I simply gathered old newspapers and started forming it around my lamp shade.  On the curved areas(because mine tapers), you just have to tape the paper down.  Kind of hard to explain in words but I promise that when you do this, you will figure it out.  ***Also, JoAnn’s fabrics sell lamp shades that come with a pattern attached to its shade.  You simply peel off the pattern and you attach the fabric to the sticky shade.  The only thing is it will be attached permanently to your lamp shade.

 

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2.  Next, I placed the pattern on my fabric and cut allowing for the hem.  I added about 3/4 of an inch around the pattern.  This fabric I chose is a little on the thick side so I didn’t want the hem to get too bulky.  The 3/4 inch was perfect for this particular project.  I’m sure you can go less on a thinner fabric.

 

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3.  I hemmed both the top and bottom  edges of the lamp shade jacket.

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4.  I then proceeded to wrap the jacket (wrong side out) around the shade and pinned it, ensuring that it’s snug enough to stay on but can easily be taken off.  Next, I simply sewed the pinned edges on my sewing machine.

 

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5.  Trim the excess fabric.  Depending on the fabric you use, you may want to spray the edges with anti fraying products that you can buy at JoAnn’s Fabric.  I didn’t need to do this because my fabric doesn’t fray and it has a lining attached to it ( was like this when I purchased the fabric).

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6.  Time to put the jacket on!  Make sure that you line up both the edges together .

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7.  Admire you lamp shade jacket!

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Here’s another one I made just to show you the possibilities are endless!

 

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I am on the hunt for other fabrics both solids and prints.  These are going to be very well dressed lamp shades!

 

 

Linking to:

 

That DIY Party

Between Naps on the Porch

Fine Craft Guild

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Beyond the Picket Fence

Daisy Cottage Design

 


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27 Comments

  1. Amy

    I love this! It seems easy enough that even I might be able to accomplish it! New lamp shades are so expensive, but I’m sure I could find some great fabric for a decent price. And I bet it will make a big impact in the room. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Amy. Yes, lamp shades can get really pricey so I had to come up with a more economical solution because I have lots of lamp shades and I also feel the need to switch things up with each season. Ha!

  2. Amy Polus

    What an inspiring idea! Love the new look! Can you give us advice on where to get best deals on fabric.

    • Hi Amy,
      Thank you. I do go to JoAnn’s fabrics but I always make sure to use the 40% off coupon, otherwise, they can get really expensive. Also, since I live really close to Downtown Los Angeles, I go to the Fabric District about once a month. It’s about 5 blocks of fabric vendors ranging from $1 to hundred per yard.

  3. Wow totally forgot about Bombay & Co! You did such a good job with your lamp shade jackets! This would be so much cheaper than buying a new shade for a new look!
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  4. Camille

    Oh Mary Ann!!! This is fabulous! Those lamp shades can get pricey! I love it!

    • Thank you Camille. Yes, they can get really pricey and I have quite a few in the house. I figured it would make it really “economical” to change the look of my home when Spring arrives

  5. How cute and perfect! I am feeling like I may just need to make a few of these too! I like the idea of changing them out! Thank you so much for sharing at the “make it” party!
    Jaime

  6. Such an amazing idea! I’m definitely pinning this for future reference – such a great way to dress up an old lamp!

    I’d be tickled if you’d stop by and link up your great idea at Off the Hook!
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  7. Hi Mary Anne. This is really beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial and for linking it up in the party at at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com !
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  8. This is amazing!!! Thanks for such an innovative tutorial. :)

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  9. This is a fantastic way to update your shades–very clever!

  10. Very clever idea – I love it (and I’m pinning it for future use)! Thanks for sharing this; I like how it’s interchangable so, like you said, if you change the bedding you aren’t stuck with a clashing shade. Good thinking.

  11. Wonderful tutorial, Mary Anne! So glad to have you partying with us this week! You’re being featured on today’s Tuesday Ten: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2013/02/the-tuesday-ten.html

    Have a fabulous week!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

  12. Ohh..so amazing… I envy your craftiness…:)

  13. Show and Tell Saturday is LIVE at Sassy Little Lady! I’d love to have you come join the party!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-3

    Kathie

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