DO IT YOURSELF: Pleated Lampshades (With Embroidered Surprises), Budget Plan Edition

For a long while I have actually been considering knife-pleated lampshades, desiring a number of my own. Then I recognized I might make one myself with a thrifted shade, a swath of material, and very little else. Overall expense? About $12.

Here’s how.

Photography by Mel Walbridge for Remodelista.


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Above: Collect products.

Here’s what you’ll require:

  • Lampshade (I discovered a number of at Goodwill for $2 each; it’s all right if they’re a little blemished.)
  • Material, plain or patterned (a mid-weight material that isn’t too thin however likewise folds well works finest; I utilized basic cotton.)
  • Material scissors
  • Needle and thread or material glue (I utilized Bish’s Original Tear Mender, a US-made immediate adhesive; note that this is best for dark and patterned materials just, as I discovered it reveals through light materials after a while.)
  • Optional: spray starch or homemade starch (1 tablespoon flour combined with 1 cup cold water) and paintbrush
  • Lawn stick or ruler
  • Clip
  • Straightener or steam irons

1. Step the material.

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Above: Start by determining the quantity of material you’ll require. You’ll require a long strip, a minimum of 3-4 times the size of the bottom of the lampshade. Make certain the material has to do with 2 inches taller than the lampshade top to bottom, too– adequate for a one-inch hem on both edges and a bit of overhang.

2. Hem the edges.

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