How to Recover a Lampshade

What to Bring

  • A bag of pegs (approx 20)
  • A light coloured lampshade, with it's shade backing still intact. It needs to be a drum or cylinder frame (as per the photo).
  • Enough cotton fabric to cover your lamp circumference (best fabrics = cotton, linen, canvas. Avoid synthetics).
  • Optional ribbon trim or bias binding to finish off the inside edge at the top & bottom rings
  • A roll of double sided tape; 1cm wide - visit your hardware store for the best quality options

What to Wear

  • Casual

Appropriate For

  • This is perfect for an absolute beginner.

How to Recover a Lampshade

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Two hours in duration

What You Will Learn

  • How to create a pattern from an existing drum shade
  • About fabric selection, backing options, covering technique, finishing and trimming
  • Learn about the materials and techniques

What You Get

  • A recovered lampshade made by you!


Do you see all those lamps at op shops and dream of recovering them for your home? Or maybe you don't love the 70's mission brown and orange graphic prints? We'll teach you how to take an existing drum lampshade and recover it in a new fabric, add some trim and tada!

We are all about recycling, reusing and reducing waste - so please note that in this class we are teaching you how to recover existing shades, not how to create a shade from base rings.

Flashback Fabric and Wallpaper on High Street at Northcote is an awesome destination to find vintage and also reproduction fabrics in dress and upholstery weights for your lamp recovering needs.

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Dec 2015
How to Recover a Lampshade - 08 Dec 2015 6:00 PM

Great class. The instructor, Dan, was highly knowledgeable and a great communicator. The session covered how recover a lampshade from start to finish, step-by-step. We learnt how to create a pattern and cover the shade and methods for getting the best results. We were given take away notes on the process so we could do this at home. Very fun class and I have a great custom shade.