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Whipstitched Lampshades

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

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2001


  • 1/8-inch hole punch

  • Non-fraying ribbon

  • darning needle


  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. 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. 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.

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