Monday, June 25, 2012

Slipcover for a Lampshade

You may have seen this lamp that I am using on my entry table at the summer cottage.
It did not look like this when I purchased it. I found it in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby. It was a little wobbly. So I carefully removed the felt from the bottom and tightened the nut to correct the wobble. Then I stuck the felt back on. It was a  quick and east fix.
While the shade was cute, it wasn’t really my style for this setting.
So I purchased an inexpensive replacement at Garden Ridge.
I liked the shape but I didn’t like the fabric so I decided to cover it. Because the shape was not conducive to just wrapping the fabric around and gluing it, I sewed a simple slip cover. I used some scraps of linen to cut a piece for each side then I pinned the pieces to the shade.
In order to get a perfect fit, I did what the Chines tailors do, I hand stitched the side seams first. Then I removed the pins and stitched it on the sewing machine. The photo above is all wrong side out.
After stitching the sides I tried in on for fit and trimmed the seams and pinned the edges before sewing them.
The fit was perfect so I just had to flip it right side out and slip it on, no gluing required.
I am very pleased with the results but I think I’m going to make another one using the silk fabric that I used for the leading edge on the drapes so that I’ll have a pop of color in this spot. Stay tuned for an update!
I hope that you are having a wonderful summer! Mine is VERY busy!
I’ll be linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and to Tips and Tutorials at Stonegable.


Unknown said...

OH I love it... so cute. Thank you for coming and visiting... You have such great ideas.


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...


The Tablescaper said...

Great job!

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

Pat, this is a really quick way to change out a lamp cover.. thanks for sharing! be blessed, xo marlis

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Love this!!! hugs ~lynne~ said...

That is SO clever! Thanks for sharing....I would have never thought about making a slipcover!

Jennifer@Decorated Chaos

Pam said...

This is a great idea for tired out lamp shades. Great tutorial, too!!

LauraLi Elrick said...

Wonderful approach. We do the same thing using stretchable material.

Check it out at


Unknown said...

You make this look so easy! I love the new look. Thanks for the tutorial. :-)
Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates