A tapered shade is a tad more challenging. Don’t be intimidated, y’all! Only a tad
Drawing your pattern:
- Using a long, wide piece of paper or newspaper, position shade, seam side down at one end of paper.
- Mark top and bottom seam as your beginning point. See my little pencil marks pictured above?
- Gently but firmly roll shade as you mark paper along the top rim until you reach the seem again.
- Repeat for bottom edge of shade, watching that upper edge is following along your line there.
- Mark the top and bottom at seam again, as in the beginning.
Cut along both lines, forming a long, curving strip. Cut ends 2″ past end points (to be trimmed later). Lay pattern on fabric, making sure desired pattern is positioned to your liking.
Now for the trim, make a decision for construction.
If hot-glue will be used for trim, go ahead and attach full fabric piece to shade with spray adhesive (see below). Then hot-glue trim, and you’re done!
Caution: If using a flat trim, such as bias tape or ribbon, hot-glue lines will show through. Either use a fabric glue (option 1), or sew the trim to fabric prior to attaching to shade (option 2).
Option 1: spread fabric glue evenly along trim, lay against shade, and stick pin points along the edge just enough to hold in place while the glue dries. Fabric glue takes some time to dry. I usually leave it over night, then remove pins.
Option 2: to sew trim to edge of fabric, you’ll need to trim down the fabric the same width of the trim, remembering to allow for seams. If you’ll be wrapping bias tape edge around the edge of the lamp, I strongly suggest using double fold. One folded edge for sewing to the fabric, and another complete folded edge to be hot-glued under the rim. You could also use fabric glue under the rim for a neater look if you’re (like me) not an “experience hot-glue-er”.
You probably noticed I have two different trim colors in my pictures. The beige trim was used to recreate for picture purposes. 😉 (Sometimes I forget to take them along each step.)
I like to use the wide bias tape (7/8″), especially for a large shade.
Attaching the fabric to the shade:
- Prior to attaching, do a test. Stand shade upright and lay fabric around it to get an eye on how you want to position it.
- Flip shade (holding fabric to it) on its side. Trim beginning fabric edge to lap over shade seam 1/2″.
- Beginning at seam edge, lift small sections of fabric at a time, spraying adhesive, rubbing gently but not pulling, and stopping 4″ before seam on shade.
- Fold fabric under along seam, 1/2″ past the beginning edge of fabric.
- Carefully lay shade on ironing board and position fabric edge on board. Press that folded edge nice and flat.
- Fabric glue or hot-glue the folded edge against the shade. Hot glue will not show through if your fabric is not too thin. Possibly do a tiny test spot to check first. With 3 layers of fabric at the seam edge, it shouldn’t show.
See? Nothing too difficult here!
I hope this helps your confidence if you’ve never covered a shade, or refreshes your memory if you’ve done it before.
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