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Seam-Binding Lampshade

Liven up an ordinary lampshade with colorful stripes.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2000


Begin with a white cloth or paper shade that fits your lamp. Select several different colors of seam binding; pick mostly light tones, but include one or two darker colors for contrast. A random combination of colored strips will result in the liveliest shade.


  • White cloth or paper lamp shade

  • Seam binding (several different colors)

  • Craft glue

  • Scissors

  • Bias tape


  1. To make the first strip, glue one loose end of the seam binding to the upper rim of the shade with craft glue; pinch until the glue holds. Dab glue on the bottom rim directly below the glued top end; hold the seam binding taut, and press it in place on the bottom rim, pinching until the glue holds. Cut the binding cleanly along the bottom edge. Continue to add strips of different colors in this way, overlapping half of each strip over the previous one.

  2. When you have gone all the way around the lampshade with the binding, run glue along the top and bottom rims, and apply a trim of bias tape over the exposed edges.

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