I've always wondered how to make pleated lampshades and I could never figure it out! BTW, I still haven't figured it out. Instead, I devised my own special way of doing it that's fool-proof! Yup, I'm the fool who had to invent another way to make pleated lampshades. Turns out, I'm just fine with this technique because it's seriously hard to mess up. The best part is there is absolutely NO sewing! None! Just a little ironing and some glue. I'm all IN. Remember, make messes, invent new solutions and always Make Your Mark!
My cluster of pleats
Watch how to make them here!
STUFF YOU'LL NEED
Lampshade with wire base
1. & 2. Remove the cover from the old lampshade and scrape off any glue with a craft knife
3. Fold the fabric on a diagonal matching the straight edges
4. 5. & 6. Measure 1" lines from the diagonal fold and then cut the fabric in 1" wide strips
*Cutting on the diagonal is also known as cutting on the bias which is why it's called bias tape
7. Thread the 1" bias strips through the bias tape maker and iron as you pull it from the tip
*This is how you make bias tape
8. & 9. Hot glue the end of the bias tape to the rim of the wire shade and start wrapping from top to bottom overlapping every 1/4" to 3/8"
10. & 11. Optional: Trim the shade by hot glueing the edge of piece of bias around the rim. Finish it by folding over the raw edge 1/4"
12. Glue the other edge of the bias on the inside of the shade
Make a pendant or add them to a fun lamp base and you're done!