DIY: How To Make a Lampshade Cover

Updating the old or damaged lamp shade with fresh new colors or patterns can add a touch of interest to any room.

  1. Use a tape to measure the height and width of the lamp shade. Considering the folds, please add six inches to the width and height of your measurements. Measure the widest part of the lamp shade for cone-shaped shades.
  2. According to the measurements, cut the fabric. Place the fabric on a flat surface with the fabric interior facing up. And then place the lampshade on the corner of the fabric with the existing seams down.
  3. Roll lamp shade along the fabric and use a fabric pen or chalk to mark its outline. Roll the shade straight across beginning at the seam, for cylindrical shades, and ending when you reach the seam again. Of course, you need to mark it as you roll. You need to roll the lamp shade along the fabric following it natural path beginning at the seam and ending when you reach the seam again if your shade has a cone shape. To trace the bottom of the shade, you need to do this one more time.
  4. Add 1/4 inch to the width of the lampshade pattern and 1 inch to the top and bottom. Cut the pattern from the fabric.
  5. Place the pattern flat with the inner side of the fabric facing up. Use fabric glue or hot glue to glue the start of the fabric to the seam. Leave 1 inch of fabric at the top and bottom to folds. Press down on the seam to make sure it is flat and dry.
  6. Use fabric glue spray to spray the remaining fabric pattern. Roll the lamp shade onto the fabric slowly beginning at the attached seam, letting the fabric lie flat onto the shade. When the whole shade has been covered with fabric, you can stop rolling. Keep any excess fabric at the seams from touching the shade.
  7. To create a smooth edge, you need to fold over the remaining fabric at the seam. Adhere the remaining fabric to the shade with the fabric glue or hot glue gun, creating a clean seam. Press firmly to ensure the seam is flat.
  8. Fold over the top and bottom of the edges of the fabric to the inside of the lamp shade. Use clothespins or binder clips to secure the edges until the glue is dry.
  9. Along the top and bottom edges of the shade, use fabric glue or hot glue to attach a trim to add a decorative touch.


  • Before using spray glue, you need to use newspaper or other disposable materials to cover your workspace to protect the surface from damage.
  • After covering the shade, you can attach ribbon, fabric flowers or rhinestone to give your new lamp a little added personality.