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Bias Tape Craft: Mood Lighting

Fashion meets function in this easy-to-make, customizable fabric trim.


The handmade bias tape on this simple, no-sew project can complement curtains, pillows, or any other fabric in the room.


Learn Bias Tape Basics before you start.


  • Single-fold bias tape
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric glue


  1. Step 1

    Measure the circumference of the top and the bottom of a lampshade. Cut two corresponding strips of single-fold bias tape (any width), allowing 1 inch for finishing.

  2. Step 2

    Using fabric glue, attach bias tape to shade, beginning and ending at the shade's seam. Tuck last 1/2 inch of bias tape under itself, and affix to shade.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2007