Reviving a Vintage Lampshade

2 Materials

Quick and easy way to bring a lampshade back to life using a full flat t-shirt fabric flat sheet.
I had a vintage floor lamp that had belonged to my mother in law. The very old silk shade had seen its better days. The lining was torn and pulling away from the frame. I started by removing the old fabric from the frame. I had a old tee shirt fabric top sheet that was waiting to be used for something. I evenly folded the sheet over a couple times and cut strips approximately 2 inches wide. Don't worry about making the strips exactly straight. Once you pull them it won't matter.You can make them wider or thinner depending of the outcome you want.
After cutting the strips I pulled them taunt and stretched them into what will look like yarn.
I tied a loose knot to one of the vertical pieces of the lampshade frame and started to wrap the fabric around the shade pulling slightly to keep it in place.
After I had the whole shade covered vertically with the fabric I began weaving pieces of the fabric around the shade. I left about a 1 inch piece of fabric loose in the back of the shade. When I reached that place I tacked the ends of the pieces together with a similar shade of thread.
This is the finished lampshade. You can weave as many or as little amount of rows as you want. You can also use different colors all mixed up. This would be a great project to use old t shirts cut into strips. You can also find this style of sheet at thrift shops for very little. If you want an certain color you can also buy a new sheet in this fabric for very little at Walmart.
This type of fabric is also available by the yard at most fabric stores.
You can search on-line as to easy way to cut t shirts into one continuous strip.

Suggested materials:

  • Full flat T shirt fabric sheet
  • Lampshade frame

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
15 Quick and Easy Gift Ideas Using Buttons
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
Turn Your Old Junk Into The Perfect Home For Your Plants
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
27 Gorgeous Update Ideas For Your Bedroom
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
30 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space

Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Kim Adams
    on May 15, 2016

    Great. Did you have to purchase a sheet or did you already have one? If you purchased, what was the cost?

    • Mary Insana
      on May 16, 2016

      I already had the sheet. The fitted bottom sheet had runs in it so the top sheet went in my craft box lol. You can find sheets like this at thrift shops or you can buy a couple yards of t shirt fabric from a fabric store. Use those coupons at Joanne. I would say 2 1/2 yards would be enough.

  • Dee B
    on May 17, 2016

    What is the actual height and diameter of this shade . How much fabric did you need to complete this?

  • Acc8140266
    on Jul 11, 2016

    My question does the shirt start on fire when it gets hot ? Just asking

    • Mary Insana
      on Jul 12, 2016

      The lampshade diameter is large and the fabric is far from the bulb. It's no different than a fabric lampshade you would buy in a store.

Join the conversation

2 of 45 comments
Your comment...