How to Cover a Lampshade With Striped Fabric

Updated February 21, 2017

While a lampshade can be plain and even boring, it can also add a bold and colourful decoration to any room. While many lampshades found at stores consist of solid colours, you can easily transform any lampshade with a piece of striped fabric in the colours that match your home decor. You can even add ribbon to trim out the lampshade for more professional looking results. It's an inexpensive and quick way to spruce up your decor.

Lay your lampshade on its side on a long piece of paper. At the seam of the bottom of the shade, mark an "x" with a pencil on the paper.

Roll the shade slowly, tracing a line along the edge of the bottom of the shade as it rolls until you reach the seam again. Roll approximately 1 more inch after the seam and mark another "x." You should see a curved line on your paper.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the top edge of the shade. Start with the shade placed in the exact spot where you started in step 1.

Use a ruler to connect the top "x" marks with the bottom "x" marks to form the shape of a lampshade.

Cut out the shape, which is your pattern, and pin it to the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out the fabric in the shape of the pattern.

Place a line of glue with a hot glue gun or fabric glue down the seam of the lampshade and evenly place the edge of the fabric on the glue, smoothing out as you go. Tape the edge you just glued down with heavy tape to hold it in place while it dries.

Roll the fabric tightly around the shade until you reach the end of the fabric. Remove the tape. Roll the final edge under approximately 1/2 inch to hide the raw edge of the fabric and glue onto the shade.

Add trim to both the top and bottom edges of the shade. Start at the seam and fold the raw edge of the trim under. Lightly glue the trim to the edges of the shade until you reach the seam again. Cut the ribbon, fold under the final raw edge and glue.


Use a very light application of glue when adding the trim so that the glue does not bleed out from underneath the ribbon.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper (long sheets such as wrapping paper)
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun or fabric glue
  • Hot glue gun sticks
  • Heavy tapes
  • Paint tape
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
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