Winter is coming and I decided that my lampshades need a winter blanket just like my bed. The store bought lamp shades are rather expensive so I decided to make covers for my lampshades for less money. In this post, I’ll share with you how to make lamp shade covers.
I have been mad for plaid these past few years. So I decided on plaid shade covers. They match my winter bedroom theme and my overall Christmas winter theme too. I chose a very thin almost sheer fabric with the colors of plaid I wanted. You can choose what you might like for colors but a thin lightweight fabric works best.
I measured the circumference of the lamp shade and added only an inch and half to 2 inches extra to the number. Then I measured the length of the shade and added just two inches to that measurement. After the cutting the fabric to these sizes I sew the ends together of the circumference , then serge the edges of the length. Now turn under the edges of the length to form a seam allowance just enough to be able to thread a thin elastic band through this. Using 1/4 inch wide elastic, the length should measure an inch less than the number of the lampshade circumference. It does not need to be too tight. After you have threaded the elastic band through the seam and stitched the ends to hold in place, you can simply pull the shade cover over the lamp. The elastic seam should be under and over the edge of the shade to hold it tight.
The sky is the limit to how many covers you want. Lampshades are sold in such boring colors, white, cream, burlap. So get busy and create some interesting eye catching covers to match your decor. Let’s not depend on the manufacturers to decide what our lamps should look like. Make your lamps stand out and let the light shine through your choice of color.
“For her lamp does not go out by night. She lays her hands to the spindle, ” Proverbs 31: 18-19