Whether you are making fabric lamp shades, or making lampshade fabric, we have materials that are perfectly suited for the task at hand. Browse the carefully selected range and customize your own lampshade fabric with photos, images and text, for something truly unique to light up your room. Lampshade material printed and made to order.
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There are two ways in which to use fabric when creating lampshades; you can either make lampshade fabric, or fabric lampshades.
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Medium weight, stiff and non-stretch, coarse and sheer
Heavy weight, stiff and non-stretch, coarse and sheer
Medium weight, soft and non-stretchy, smooth and opaque
Medium weight, soft and non-stretch, smooth and sheer
Medium weight, soft and non-stretch, opaque
Medium weight, soft and non-stretch, coarse and sheer
Heavy weight, textured and non-stretch, opaque, fire rated
Heavy weight, soft and non-stretch, opaque, fire rated
Wash at 30°c, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.
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fabric with photos
The quality is great before I add the welt pocket to my cool apron. I want to see if I should was the fabric first. I love to fabric can’t wait to see it sewn up it is a gift at a restaurant I volunteer at in Mexico!! I give the in March 2019 Thanks
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The product quality is super great. I have ordered from here 3 times with an image printed on warm leatherette. Besides the customer making sure the scale of the image is right due to pixels distortion, I believe I screwed up once on my part, I have love who fast this company is with turn around time, the images colors just look amazing, and I love ordering from here.
Originally lampshades were created to project light, often created of semi-spherical reflectors that were placed inside oil lamps to help the light shine further, used in the late 17th century. in the 19th century when lighting was mass produced as gas in a factory, and distributed out, the air became overheated, and the gases used and created meant that the rooms needed ventilating; at this point lampshades were used to attenuate the light rather than to direct it. The invention of the incandescent filament electric light bulb in 1879 saw lampshades start being used in the way that we recognize them today; this was done to disguise the intensity of the electric light. Lampshades tend to be made from fabric, glass, paper or plastic; popular lampshade material include silk, linen and cotton.
There are two ways in which to use fabric when creating lampshades; you can either make lampshade fabric, or fabric lampshades. These sound like the same thing, however that is not the case. Some lampshades are made with a frame and fabric, and some are made with a lampshade inner and then a fabric covering. Read more about these methods below. Your custom lampshade fabric, can be personalized with your photos, images and text.
This is arguably the simplest way to create your own custom lampshades as a DIY project, and can be done in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Choose a base
This can be either a plain lampshade, preferably in white or cream, or it could be a specifically designed inner material for a lampshade. This can be in any size or shape you like, but bear in mind that the more complicated it is, the trickier the later steps will be; you may find it easier to start more simply and then build up to the more complex designs.
Step 2: Make a template
You next need to make a template of your lampshade. This is most easily done by marking the lampshade, and starting on that edge. Lay a large piece of paper down and starting at the mark that you created, gradually roll your lampshade across the paper, marking it's path as you go, until you are back at your mark again. (If you have a round lampshade, you'll end up with a rectangle, it its more of a cone shape you will have a curved arc) Add approximately 1 centimeter around all of the edges, for when you are finishing your lampshade.
Step 3: Cut your fabric and apply
Using your template as a pattern, cut your customized lampshade fabric to size. Make sure you are happy with the positioning of your pattern on the fabric and it's placement. Once this is done you will need to fold up and press the extra centimeter you added around the edges; this will make up a seam. Apply the fabric to your lampshade lining, we would advise using a fire safe fabric adhesive and following the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 4: Finish
Ensure that your seam is stuck down over the edging of the lampshade, and allow to dry. Spray your lampshade with a fire-retardant fabric spray, again following the manufacturer's instructions and allow to dry completely. You now have your very own, personalized lampshade made using custom made lampshade fabric.
Slightly trickier to create, fabric lamp shades are made by mounting your fabric onto a styrene backing and applying to a metal lampshade frame.
Step 1: Select your frame and make a template
For this type of lampshade you will be looking for a wire frame, or lampshade rings. A frame will provide the whole of the structure, whereas the rings will provide only the top and the bottom. Using the same method as above, create a pattern for your fabric, using the shade itself as measurements. Remember to add extra all the way around for your seams.
Step 2: Cut your fabric and lining
Using your template you need to cut your fabric and lining to size. Adhesive styrene, or pressure sensitive styrene is one of the most popular materials. It is an extremely thing polystyrene sheet with a sticky side to attach it to your fabric. Any fire retardant, fire proof or fire safe material can be used as a lining, but make sure that you don't use something that may overheat and could cause a fire. With a fire-proof lining, any fabric can be used to make the outside of your lampshade, cotton, silk and lined are the most popular choices.
Step 3: Piece together
Once all of your pieces are prepared, it is simply a case of putting them together. Remember to glue the seam of your shade together when you create the initial circle. If using a frame simply stretch your fabric and lining over the frame, pin in place and stitch. If you are using lampshade rings the easier way to do this is with bulldog clips; clip your fabric into a circle shape and stand it on its end. Carefully insert the ring into the top and clip into place around the top. Then using either a specially formulated lampshade adhesive, or by stitching, carefully secure your fabric over the ring of the lampshade. Once you have done, over-end it, and do the same tot he other end of the lampshade.
Step 4: Finish
Once everything is dry (if you used adhesive) or stitched (if you decided to hand sew) it's time to work on the finishing touches. This involves cutting off any excess, trimming fabrics and threads, and just generally tidying your lampshade material up a little so that it all looks perfect. Once this is done your lampshade is ready to be placed on your lamps or light fitting.
If you can’t decide on which photo to use, you can upload multiple images and create a photo collage. This can be done using one of our pre-set montage templates, or you can create your own entirely from scratch. It’s super easy to do and the possibilities are endless.
Step 1 – Click the start design button & select your product options.
Step 2 – Go to the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab, click the ‘add images/Text’ button on your product & ‘Select Images to Upload’ or use the Facebook/Instagram tabs.
Step 3 – Choose the images you want to use for your collage, upload & select them from the uploaded photos list.
Step 4 – Click ‘Create montage’ & select your collage style.
Step 5 – Add the collage to your design.