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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.
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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.
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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.

Useful Links

Quincy Lampshades / Ruth McAllister
Will help you make lovely lampshades, take a look at Ruths tutorials on her fab website.
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SAVE 50% off their "How to make lampshades video"
Normally costing £19, get yours for just £8.76 ($14) using the following link:

About the Video
Hosted via Udemy, you can watch it as many times as you like, at the speed that you want, wherever and whenever you want. Divided into helpful sections such as 'Fabrics to avoid', 'How to decide what size lampshade to make' and 'PVC - How to work out the length and the width needed', you can skip around the course, pause it, re-play it, download the supplementary files to help you get the most lampshades out of your PVC, even ask your tutor questions as you go and leave notes for yourself. Why is it so ace? It's relaxed. Informative. Clear. Comprehensive and packed with loads of tips to help you get that professional finish

Lisa Comfort
Lisa has appeared on the television program Kirstie’s Vintage Home with Kirstie Allsopp, and the Alan Titchmarsh show where she showed viewers how to make a Liberty Print lampshade.
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Design & Style How To Guides from Channel 4
Kirstie Allsopp - How to make Lampshades
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