DIY Liberty Lampshade


One of the best things about blogging is “meeting” people all over the world who share your interests. I first came across Katy of Apartment Apothecary through this beautiful house tour that she posted (and I asked to share). I fell in love with her blog, and I’ve been following it ever since. Her style is similar to mine, and her own home is really inspiring. So when Katy asked if I’d like to share a DIY project she recently did, I knew I would love it. And I do! I’m excited for you all to see, and thought it would be best for you to get the instructions directly from Katy. So I’ll shut up now and let her take it from here!

DIY Liberty Lampshade

Hi! My name is Katy and I blog over at Apartment Apothecary. I love Aileen’s style and her blog is just beautiful so I am very excited to share a project here today. I live in London and my favourite store of all time is Liberty of London; I am a self-confessed Liberty print addict and I use it whenever I can. I have always thought that there is a massive gap in the market for gorgeous, unique lampshades so I want to show you how you can use your favourite fabric to turn a boring, plain lampshade into something really special. This is an easy, inexpensive project and it doesn't take long to do - the best kind of project in my book!

Use your favorite fabric to update a plain, boring lampshade

You will need:
Double sided fabric tape
Plain lampshade (any shape or size)
Lightweight cotton (the lighter in colour the fabric, the more light will be released from your shade). I have used Liberty’s Poppy and Daisy for the main part of the shade and Fairford for the trim.
The amount of fabric you will need will depend on the shape and size of your shade.

Transform a plain lampshade with strips of a pretty fabric -- DIY tutorial

Step one: Cut your main fabric in to long strips that measure 5cm in width.

DIY fabric covered lampshade

Step two: Stick a length of the double-sided fabric tape around the top edge of the shade on the outside.

How to make a fabric covered lampshade

Step three: Begin by sticking a strip of fabric to the tape at the top of the shade on the outside.

DIY Liberty fabric covered lampshade

Step four: Wind the strip down the outside of the shade, under the bottom, up the inside and back over the top. Continue winding the strip around the frame from left to right, overlapping each strip by about 2cm.

DIY fabric covered lampshade

Step five: When you reach the end of the first strip cut it so it ends at the top on the inside of the shade. Add a piece of tape here and stick it down.

Step by step instructions to make your own fabric covered lampshade

Step six: Add a new strip to the top on the outside of the shade and continue the process. Always start and finish a strip at the top as this will be covered by a trim.

How to make a fabric covered lampshade--quicky, easy, and so pretty!

Step seven: When you reach a strut, make a slit in the fabric so it will fit around the strut.

Fabric-covered lampshade

Step eight: Add another length of the double sided tape around the top and bottom edges of the shade on the outside and inside.

DIY Liberty fabric lampshade

Step nine: Either with a matching or contrasting fabric make a trim to cover the top and bottom edges of your shade. It should be the length of your shade’s circumference and 5cm wide. Press 2cm over on both sides.

DIY fabric lampshade by Apartment Apothecary

Step ten: Stick your trim over the top and bottom of the shade.

DIY fabric lampshade

You’re done! I hope you enjoy your beautiful, custom-made lamp shade.

Love this fabric lampshade? Get the DIY instructions to make your own.

So cute!! I’m totally inspired to upgrade my own lampshades. And because there isn’t any glue involved, I think the fabric would come right off without damaging the lampshade if you decide you want to change it up later.

If you liked this project, be sure to head over to Apartment Apothecary, check out Katy’s lovely blog, and say hello!

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  1. Posted by Najette on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    Awesome! Such a Clever girl Katy. Really like what you've done here xxxx
  2. Posted by Tresia on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    You did an amazing job! Thanks for the inspiration.
  3. Posted by Anna @ IHOD on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    This is such a fun way to change up a space! LOVE that fabric!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 14th, 2014

      Yes! I love that fabric too.
  4. Posted by Rachel | 52 Weeks Project on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    This is GORGEOUS! I can't believe how easy it looks to make too. So long boring lamp shades :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 14th, 2014

      Right? No sewing...I'm in!
  5. Posted by Audrey - This Little Street on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    One can do no wrong with Liberty :D Love this DIY, Aileen, and looks so easy!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 14th, 2014

      True indeed! I love it, too. Katy did such an amazing job.
  6. Posted by Debbie on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    Love this! Thank you for sharing.
  7. Posted by Renae on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    Love this! Super cute idea!! Also love the vintage pictures on the wall!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, March 14th, 2014

      Yes, they're so sweet!
  8. Posted by Gigi on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    Such a great idea!
  9. Posted by Kiri Masters on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

    Wonderful tutorial - this is a really unique way of covering a lampshade I have never seen before. Lovely result!
  10. Posted by Andrea on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

    This looks beautiful but wouldn't the inner fabric need to be treated with a flame retardant?
  11. Posted by TammyWood on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

    I absolutely love this shade& really needed this tutorial. I have so many lampshades that i really want to redo.
    I could find no one who knew how to replace a lampshade.and your tutorial was excellent. Thank you, Tammy Wood
  12. Posted by Deana on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

    Hello I Thank you so much for posting its so cute and scrumptious looking I cant wait to have a go myself. Im in love with the Liberty print also. :)
  13. Posted by Joy Layton on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

    Love this and can't wait to do it. Thanks so much for the idea
  14. Posted by Rachel Offley on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

    Hi, lovely project but how to you cut the fabric so that the edges aren't fraying?