DIY Lining Tailored Lampshades – Top Tips

Classic, neat traditional tailored lampshades give a timeless elegance to both formal and relaxed room schemes. Tailored lampshades are suited to all shade frame proportions and a huge variety of fabrics, presenting oodles of design options. Whether you are inspired by multicoloured fabric scraps, embroidery or luxurious silks, the only limitation being your imagination. Read on to find out about DIY Lining Tailored Lampshades -Top Tips …

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What fabric should I use for Lining Tailored Lampshades?

There are a variety of fabric lining options suitable for traditional tailored lampshades that are explored in more detail on the Crafty Critter Workshops & Residential Retreats however for the purpose of this demonstration I’m using cotton Tana lawn, one of my favourite linings as it diffuses light so beautifully. I am going to make a classic ballon lining which is typical for tailored lampshades. Use the pattern template you created when styling your face fabric design. Cut out and stitch the lining in exactly the same way as you would for the face fabric. Blog, Making Tailored Lampshades.

How to cut out the lining for a traditional handmade tailored lampshade

How do I get even tautness into my balloon lining?

Drop the lining into the inside of the shade frame, wrong sides facing. Line up the lining side seams with those on the face fabric. Pin the side seams to the bottom ring and at each strut around the bottom ring spreading the tension evenly. Turn the shade over and repeat the pinning being mindful of even tension on the top ring. Make sure that you maintain and even tautness and that the seams keep aline with the side struts.

What about the gimbals on DIY traditional lampshades?

Start pinning the lining to the bottom ring securing with a pin at each strut spreading the tension evenly. Turn the shade over and pin the top edge to the top ring again evenly spreading the tension. The gimbals will be in the way, but just pin around them.

Next turn the shade upside down again and secure with pins at closer intervals pulling tension into the lining. Turn the shade right way up and now that there is some tension in the lining you can pop a little cut into the lining fabric to allow access around the gimbal. This is quite delicate to get right. Take care that you cut only a little at a time and keep the tension even as you pull around the gimbal or the lining could rip.

Secure with pins, lining for DIY Tailored Lampshades Blog by Jacqueline Schultz Interiors

How do I attach and secure the lining?

Keep turning, pulling and pinning until you are happy with a taut even tension and a smooth finish, just like the face fabric. Be careful not to over stretch and keep the seams aline with the struts. Keep gently easing the tension on a 45′ angle. Secure your lining with lampshade stitch, slightly to the front of the shade and trim away the excess lining. Correct lampshade stitch is key to maintaining tensions and something we cover in detail at our workshops. Some of these dynamics are covered in our Lampshade Stitch video.

Attach and secure the lining using lampshade stitch

How do I complete the lining?

First, tidy your gimbals with small pieces of ribbon or bias strips. For more details on gimbal tidies @JSInteriorsUK. Getting your trimming right can take a few pins and some patience. Depending on the style and design of your trimming of which there are oodles, will define the best technique. For anything other than gluing the simplest of trimming please refer to my Top Tips on Lampshade Trimmings. The technique for a neat bias trim finish is covered in detail at our workshops. There is a memory jogger video for previous workshop delegates For those of you tackling this on your own, at home you need to create a 45% angle finish. Stitch this in place using matching thread. You can use fray stop for delicate fabrics, but use cautiously as it can bleed through.

Tidy your gimbals and then trim with bias strips

You are now ready to pop your lampshade onto a suitable stand and switch on the light. There is a kind of magic that happens the first time you switch the light on to a bespoke handmade lampshade, enjoy!

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Now you have read this blog on how to make a DIY Tailored Lampshades – Top Tips, you are ready to make your own professional, handmade Tailored Lampshade. For more information on upcoming courses by JSInteriorsUK on Tailored Lampshades, click here and other soft furnishings Workshop Retreats click here.