June 23, 2022

Easy No Sew Pleated Lampshade Tutorial

By Elayna Johnson
Easy No Sew Pleated Lampshade Tutorial

You'll love this easy no sew diy pleated lampshade. Pleated lampshades are such a fun and lovely addition to your lamps. I am a fan of more is more, so adding a fun and busy lampshade to an already fun and busy lamp is *chef's kiss*


However, these lampshades can get pricy. Especially if you need a large lampshade or many sconce lampshades. I am here to offer a solution! I tested different materials and processes to help you make a lovely lampshade at home. This process is:

1. simple

2. affordable

3. fast

4. not intimidating

Sometimes when I think DIY I think cheap looking and not as cool...I know I shouldn't, but I do. This lampshade did NOT turn out like that at all! 



Hot glue gun

Light cotton fabric, the amount is hard to guess because it depends on how big your lampshade is. I did 2 small lampshades with 2/3 a yard of fabric. The fabric I used!



1 Hour of time


Step 1: 

Pick a fabric. The best fabric is a thin cotton fabric. The first time I attempted this I used a heavier linen/cotton fabric and the folds got a bit too heavy. The lighter fabric also allows light to peek through the lampshade, because remember this lampshade is for a lamp. 

Step 2: 

Cut the fabric 2" wider than the lampshade

Step 3: 

Glue a line of hot glue gun from the top to the bottom of the lampshade. Lay the fabric down flat so it is attached. You will then do a dot of glue at the top and the bottom of the lampshade and start creating pleats. 

Step 4: 

Attach the pleated fabric to the lampshade. You will want to make sure the fabric is tight and secure. The pleats will be closer together at the top and further apart at the bottom. Your work will start going a bit sideways, so don't be afraid to cut the fabric and start a new section. 

Step 5: 

Glue a strip of fabric on the top and the bottom to give it a lovely finished look!