You will need:
- A paper lampshade
- spray adhesive (I use 3-M.)
- a brown paper grocery store bag
- clip-on clothespins of any sort
- an iron
For the pattern, cut off the bottom of the grocery store paper bag so that it will lie flat. If you are recovering a large shade, tape a couple of bags together to get a larger piece of paper.
Set the shade on its side using the seam on the shade as a starting point. As you roll the shade across the Kraft paper, an inch at a time, mark the top and the bottom with the pencil creating an exact pattern of the shade. Make the pattern 3/4″ longer at the end. You will want to fold over the fabric at the end to create a neat closing.
Next, lay the pattern on top of the fabric you have chosen. If the paper covering the existing lampshade is patterned or colored, you may want to choose a mid-weight fabric so that the pattern or color will not show through the new covering.
My fabric for this shade has stripes, so note the location of the pattern on the design. The placement of the pattern insures that the back of the shade will look professional. Now, try the new fabric on the shade.
Spray a small amount of adhesive to the inside of the fold to create a finished edge. Then, spray the wrong side of the fabric with adhesive. Use any type of spray adhesive which creates a strong hold when dry, but allows for re-positioning of the fabric if you don’t get the placement just right the first time. When you have it positioned correctly hold with clothespins until the adhesive is fixed. Trim off any excess fabric along the top and bottom.
Now, it is time to make the top and bottom banding to give the shade a finished look. Using the top of the pattern, cut a one inch wide piece of the fabric you have chosen for the banding. Fold this narrow piece of fabric in half the long way and iron it. Then, fold each side in to create a band with finished edges. Iron again, fold the end over again like you did with the fabric and give that end a dash of adhesive just to hold the end neatly. Spray the inside of the band with the adhesive.
Place the band around the top edge of the shade, beginning at the seam, just like you did with the fabric. Go slowly, so that your work will be neat. Pick up the band and reposition if necessary. The turned over end will cover the beginning. Hold with clothespins as you work if it is a large shade.
Sometimes I make a band and sometimes I use gimp as seen on the first shades I showed you. Using gimp makes the entire project easier yet! I used a soft linen with a striped design for my example. A tightly woven fabric with a non-repeating design makes the best shades. For example, on the two mid-century modern shades, I used Sunbrella fabric which worked beautifully.
There you have it. Recovering a shade for any simple paper lampshade is a fast project!