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How to Make Lampshades

Instructions and resources to help you make great lampshades. We provide you with all the information to help, Including step by step instructions,  videos and downloadable PDFS. We also have a list of useful links including workshops.

Soft Shades- Lampshades made with fabrics
How to find the Bias of the fabric.
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How to make a pattern for a frame. 
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How to fix the cover to a frame.
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How to trim and finish your lampshade
Make your own trimming to match your lampshades, for more details.
click here

Hard Shades - Lampshades made with Fabrics laminated to Card and PVC

Lampshade Making Kits - Rolled edge method
The easiest way is to purchase a kit, easy to use, laminate your covering to the self adhesive lampshade panel and follow the step by step instructions.
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If you would like to view the instructions

Video tutorials
If you would like to see the video tutorials click on the pictures below

Cath Kidston Tutorial       Easy to make Celebrity making


Hand Made Lampshades using Tape
Take a Look at the following link for a detailed tutorial in making taped lampshades by hand.
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Bulb Wattage Advice
We have put together a simple guide so you can determine the wattage of the lampshade you are making
click here If you would like to view the guide

If you want some more detailed information into making lampshade we recommend purchasing Elizabeth Cake
fabulous new book “Make your own Lampshades”.

click here for more information.

Lampshade Workshops 
Lots of workshops opening up and down the country providing expert instruction in fantastic environments.
click here


Standard Lamp Restoration with Lampshade
Great article in House Beautiful magazine on how to restore a standard lamp and replace the shade.
click here to read the article.


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