Although I’m avowedly a chair addict, they’re not my solely obsession. i'm a crazy for creative lampshade, and once years of grouping lamps in each size, form and color, I found myself with lots of lamps and no shades. The success (or failure) of a lamp has the maximum amount to try and do with the shade because it will the bottom, however there ar amazingly few choices once it involves ready-made shades. This month on Upholstery Basics, we’ll create a custom drum shade to inspire your next bright plan. Photography by Mel Cole — Amanda

Read the complete how-to once the jump . . .

Materials

fabric
painter’s tape
measuring tape
chalk
square
yardstick
pressure sensitive phenylethylene
pencil
scissors
hard, flat object sort of a plastic ruler
bottom and prime rings
bulldog clips
white craft glue
small paint brush
weights for the seam
paper tape
sewing machine
thread
iron
Resources
Fabric: Amy pantryman
Lampshade Supplies: Lamp look

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Instructions

1. confirm the peak and circumference (pi X diameter) of your shade. This shade are going to be 13″ tall by 13″ in diameter, that is 13″ tall by forty.84″ around (3.1416 (pi) X 13″). We’ll would like an additional 1/2″ of dimension to overlap the affiliation within the shade (41.34″). For the needs of creating this easier, be at liberty to pull together to the closest 1/2″ (41.5″).

2. Cut out a bit of pressure sensitive phenylethylene to the precise dimensions from step one (13″ tall X forty one.5″ wide).

3. Cut out a bit of cloth massive enough to hide the shade with some further inches round the edge. Tape the material (face down) to the table with painter’s tape.

4. Determine how you’d like the pattern centered on the shade and use the square and yardstick to draw the left and bottom edges of the shade.

5. Check the material to form positive it’s freed from dirt and lint. The pressure sensitive vinyl resin features a sticky facet that attaches to the material. Peel off the primary few inches of paper covering the sticky facet, line up all-time low and left edges with the lines from step four and stick the shade paper to the material.

6. Continue peeling and sticking a few inches at a time until the styrene is completely attached. Use a flat, hard object, like a plastic ruler, to smooth out wrinkles and air pockets. Use the bottom line as a guide for keeping the styrene straight on the fabric.

7. Lay the lampshade rings on the table and ensure that the rings lay flat to the tabletop all the way around. Use the edge of the table to bend the rings, where needed, to get them straight and flat to the table.

8. Attach the highest middle of the shade to the highest ring employing a alligator clip. With the lowest of the shade against your body, work your approach around, attaching the shade to the highest ring with bulldog clips. after you get to the top of 1 aspect, return to the center and work around within the alternative direction.

9. When the shade is attached all the way around the top, place the shade (top down) on the table and attach the bottom ring to the shade all the way around.

When both rings are attached, the rings should be flush to the top and bottom edges and tight to the shade paper with no gaps.

10. With a pencil, mark the edge of the seam at the top and bottom of the shade and make a mark to indicate which side is the top.

11. Remove the bulldog clips from the shade and lay the shade on the table with the fabric facing up. Use the straight edge to mark a line in chalk connecting the marks from step 10. This will be the seam line on the shade.

12. Flip the shade over and place glue on the fabric beyond the line from step 11.

13. Place the other side on top of the glue and line up its edge with the marked line. Press the seam together.

14. Place a bulldog clip at the top and bottom of the connection and lay weights on top of the seam on the inside of the shade. Allow the glue to dry for 10 minutes.

15. When the seam is secure and the glue has dried, place the shade on the table with the bottom edge up. Place a thin bead of glue all the way around the bottom inside edge of the shade.

16. Place a bulldog clip on the seam of the shade and place the back of the bottom ring on top of the clip to prevent it from falling into the shade. The bottom ring will have a welded joint. Place this joint to the right of the seam. Slip the front of the ring just inside the shade and use the bulldog clips to hold it in place. When the front half of the shade is attached, remove the bulldog clip at the seam and attach the back half of the shade with bulldog clips.

17. When the bottom is attached all the way around, flip the shade over and place the top ring inside the shade. Place a thin bead of glue all the way around the top inside edge of the shade.

18. Carefully pull the top ring up without pulling it out of the shade and use the bulldog clips to attach it to the top edge of the shade. The top ring has braces that attach to the washer in the middle. Line up one of the braces with the seam. Allow the glue to dry for 10 minutes.

The rings should fit the shade perfectly. If you’re having trouble getting them to fit, check that the top ring is on the top side of the shade and make sure there are no gaps between the shade and rings.

19. Remove the bulldog clips from the shade. Lay a pencil flat on the table and mark a line all the way around the top and bottom edges of the shade.

20. Use the small paint brush to apply glue to the bottom half of the paper tape (only a few inches to start). Start just beyond the seam with the bottom edge lined up with the line from step 18 and press the paper tape to the top edge of the shade.

21. Continue gluing all the way around, cutting the end of the tape even with the seam in the shade.

22. Cut out a small triangle centered over every brace in the top ring.

23. Apply glue to the top half of the paper tape and use your fingers to fold the tape around the rings to the inside of the shade. Do your best to tuck the excess tape neatly under the ring.

24. Repeat steps 20–21 and 23 to attach paper tape to the bottom edge of the shade.

25. Follow steps 8–12 from Coil Seat Finale to create bias tape out of the material of your selection. rather than creating it one 1/2″ wide, create it 2″ wide. this can be the trim for the lamp shade, therefore you’ll want enough to hide the seam and go round the prime and bottom edges of the lamp shade.

26. when you’ve cut out and seamed (if necessary) your bias tape, iron it in 0.5 lengthwise. Then iron every 0.5 in 0.5.

27. Open up the trim for the seam and cut 3/4″ off of 1 aspect, going away a one 1/4″ wide bias tape. Apply glue to the backside of the material and press the smoothened flaps down.

28. When the flaps are glued down, place glue on the backside of the trim and glue it to the seam of the shade.

29. For the trim around the top of the shade, start by cutting the end (with fabric completely folded) at a 45-degree angle. Open up the trim halfway and apply glue to the bottom half.

30. Repeat steps 20 and 21 to attach the trim to the top outside edge of the shade. Instead of lining up the bottom edge of the trim with the bottom edge of the paper tape, place the trim so that the middle rests on the top edge of the shade. Place a bulldog clip on the end to hold it in place as it dries.

31. When you get back to where you started, fold the trim in half and cut it at a 45-degree angle opposite of step 29. The end should cover the cut edge of where we started.

32. Glue the end of the trim on top of where we started.

33. Repeat step 23 to attach the trim to the inside of the shade.

34. Repeat steps 29–33 to attach the trim to the bottom edge of the shade.

Lampshade Tips

When selecting cloth for a shade, continuously hold the material up to a window to visualize however the sunshine shines through the fabric. Thicker materials will stop light-weight from passing through, inflicting associate degree undesirable look once lighted.
Keep a wet towel handy for wiping off excess glue as you're employed.
Instead of creating cloth trim, attempt velvet or ribbon trim for a less complicated various. merely glue the velvet or ribbon to the surface edges of the highest and bottom.
If you have got a shade that works together with your lamp however need to hide it with a special cloth, take away the recent shade paper from the rings and follow these steps to form a replacement shade.
Finding the pattern for conelike shades is difficult, therefore use recent shades as a pattern or order a pattern to your specifications from a lamp shade provider.