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Whipstitched Lampshades

You can dress up a paper shade with ribbon and whipstitching.




  • 1/8-inch hole punch
  • Non-fraying ribbon
  • darning needle


  1. Step 1

    Use a 1/8-inch hole punch to make a border of equally spaced holes 1/2 to 1 inch apart along the top and bottom edges of shade.

  2. Step 2


    Measure a piece of non-fraying ribbon, such as satin, one and a half times as long as the circumference of edge you are decorating.

  3. Step 3


    Knot one end of ribbon; thread the other through a darning needle. Beginning near the shade's seam, make the first stitch by passing needle through hole from inside and back over (or under) edge; for every stitch thereafter, pass needle through ribbon loop before moving to next hole (see illustration below). When you have stitched around edge, tie a knot inside shade to finish.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2001



Reviews (4)

  • geekygrandma 7 Aug, 2009

    I've done several of these and they look great in the den or with some additional trim in the living room. The real trick here is to get the holes properly and evenly spaced otherwise the shaded looks definitely home-made. Also, you can use a variety of trims such s yarn, nice ribbon, or leather lacing material depending on the look you are going for.

  • Anna_Marie 2 Aug, 2009

    In order for stitches go diagonal, like larger shade in the big photo, thread ribbon through without putting it through the loop like the instructions tell you to do. It would just wrap around bottom and go to next [filtered word], and the red lines would be on the diagonal, like a baseball's or a western-type ornamentation.

  • Anna_Marie 2 Aug, 2009

    I was thinking a Western-type room. I think the written directions will give you an up and down stitch, perpendicular to the bottom edge (see the teeny shade in the teeny second photo...see how the red stitches go straight up and down?)

  • skanakos 2 Aug, 2009

    Looks like a baseball lamp...would be cute for my boys room!