Are you reading this because of the NO-SEW? I am all about the no-sew and I love to share with others how I take on some of my home decor projects with the no-sew mentality. This no-sew fabric lampshade cover is the newest addition to the entryway of the Airbnb, also known as the HOF Hideaway.
I do not have the before photo of the lamp and the ugly lampshade. It was a quick project that I was not going to post because I originally thought I would just buy a replacement lampshade. I searched for a new lampshade at my local stores and they were all too big or not the right color.
Measure Lamp Shade and Fabric
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You have 2 options on measuring for the fabric. If you plan to add piping to the top and bottom of the shade, you can measure for an exact size or allow 1/4 to 1/2 inch longer to allow for wrapping over the edge of the shade.
If using a patterned fabric, pay attention to the alignment before measuring and cutting the fabric, this allows for a pattern match instead of the fabric being randomly placed on the shade. As you can see from the top of the shade, I did not cut my fabric to size until after I lined up the patterns. I folded the pattern match and ironed to have a clean seem and used fabric glue to hold the seem.
Glue Fabric on Shade Base
Once the fabric is lined up, carefully glue the fabric in place at the top and the bottom outside edge of the lampshade.
I purchased this fabric from Joann Fabrics. It is older and I think it is now discontinued.
Place the next piece of fabric over the lampshade and line up the pattern.
Fold, iron and glue the pattern match and then glue the fabric in place on the outside. Trim all the extra fabric. I decided to fold my fabric over the top edge and glue down on the inside edge to securely hold the fabric.
Use a 1-inch or wider ribbon for the piping.
The ribbon I used was 2 inches and thinner in material, so I folded in half and ironed to create a nice seam.
Place fabric glue of the inside of the folded ribbon and let dry before applying to the lampshade edge.
Place a bead of fabric glue around the entire edge where you will be adding the piping. Place the ribbon over the glue and leave half of the ribbon above the edge of the lampshade. Make sure to have the clean folded edge of the ribbon of the outside. Once the piping glue is dry, place a bead of fabric glue on the inside lip of the lampshade and fold over the ribbon to cover the edge of the lampshade.
Note: I did not like how the piping looked of the top edge, so I only added the piping to the bottom. I added a matching tassel to the pull chain to complete the look.
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