How to Make Lampshade With Fabric

It is time to make your own lamp shades with an updated, bold fabric.

  • Purchase a round lamp shade frame. Place a piece of wire on the top and bottom of the frame as a marker.
  • Place a large sheet of butcher paper on a table.
  • Find the place where the wire is at the edge of the paper, place the bottom of the frame on it. Roll the frame across the paper and track the bottom edge of the lamp at the same time. Stop this process once you get back to the wire. Do the same thing on the top of the frame. Draw a line to connect the top and bottom lines on each side to get a crescent-shaped pattern.
  • Cut the shade pattern from the butcher paper.
  • Place the fabric used to make shade on a flat surface with the wrong side up. Gently apply spray glue on the back of paper and lay it on top of the fabric. Cut around the pattern, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the fabric. Before the glue dries completely, you need to remove the paper pattern.
  • Remove wire from the frame, and use spray glue to spray the frame.
  • Place the shade frame on the fabric, and make sure the seam allowance is the same on the top and bottom. Roll the fabric over the frame to cover the wires. When you get to the end, you should fold the edge. Hold the seam in place with fabric glue. At the top and bottom, you need to fold the top and bottom seam allowances neatly over the wire. Use fabric glue to glue the seams down.
  • Let the shade to dry completely.


With this same method, you can also cover an existing shade. When placing the new fabric on the old shade, you have to smooth out any creases.

Considering of the fumes, you had better use the spray glue outside.