Since this was my first lampshade project, I started with a “Cover Your Own” kit from the craft store that I bought years ago and never used.
The pattern worked well, the adhesive was strong. Still, the next time I do this project, I’ll skip the kit, make my own pattern for a plain shade and use adhesive spray. It’s a less expensive–greener approach.
Another modification–fabric glues (I tried two) weren’t strong enough to hold down a fold of this bulky 1960s fabric from my collection.
I got out my needle and thread and sewed the seam down.
Finally, I used my serger to make a wide trim narrow. Spray adhesive for paper and fabric stuck this down firmly.
One last step–since dust and moisture take a toll on everything “porch”, I’m going to use this “Outdoor Scotch Guard” to protect my new lampshade. I’m not a big fan of Scotch Guard–I like to wash everything–but it’s better than replacing the shade every year.
Lampshade transformation in less than an hour–what do you think???