Recover a Lampshade with Arrow Fabric

Sometimes you just need a change – a small change. Many times I will add new pillows to change up the look of my space, or a throw or maybe a lampshade.  I found this lampshade for $1 two years ago during an after Christmas sale.  I snagged it up knowing I would recover it someday. With this pretty arrow fabric from Spoonflower I revamped the Christmas shade into a colorful spring shade for my spray painted yellow ombre lamp.

Recover a lampshade with Spoonflower arrow fabric



Supplies:

Lampshade

Krylon Spray Adhesive

Scissors

Pencil

Newspaper or Roll Paper to create a template

1.  I first had to remove the Christmas ribbon from the top and bottom of the shade.  It was double-sided ribbon so it was easy to just yank off.

christmas lampsade

removing old fabric from lampshade

2.  With some drawing paper on a roll and a pencil I started at the seam and rolled the shade and traced the top and bottom to create a template.

lampshade template

3.  I then cut out the template and then laid it on top of my fabric.  I cut it out about an 1” bigger on all sides so I had some give when applying it to the lampshade.

new fabric for lampshade

4.  I found the easiest thing to do is to spray the shade in small increments at a time and then apply and press the fabric in place (just make sure you protect your surface).  The Krylon adhesive is way more forgiving than the 3M 77 spray that I use a bunch.  It isn’t as sticky and can be repositioned if necessary which is why I chose that one.

krylon spray adhesive

recovering a lamp shade

5. To end just fold under the edge and spray down.

seam of recovering a lampshade

6.  Now you have to finish the top and bottom.  I found it was easiest to cut the fabric down to about a 1/2” on both the top and bottom.  Then I would spray a little of the fabric and then press it down and kind of tuck it in with my fingernails. That makes a pretty nice finish on the inside. I worked my way all the way around the rim of the top first and then did the bottom rim.

finishing a recovered lampshade

recovered lampshade

I added it into my vignette with my Indiana love sign.

recovered fabric lampshade

Perfectly bright and colorful spring lampshade.  And the arrow fabric is right on trend now.

recovered lampshade with fabric

arrow lampshade

Do you want to see some more Spoonflower fabric projects?  I teamed up with three other bloggers to show some fun projects with fabric.

Spoonflower Fabric Projects Collage

From left to right:

Envelope Pillow by Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Nook Makeover by Jennifer of City Farmhouse
Fabric Covered Lampshade by Beckie of Infarrantly Creative
DIY Roman Shade by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Disclaimer: Spoonflower sent me the fabric for use in this post.