Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
So here's what you need: 1/2 yard of burlap (for two shades)
glue gun and glue sticks
I started by laying my burlap fabric out on the floor, and then traced around the top and bottom of my lamp shade with a highlighter. I used a highlighter as I knew it wouldn't bleed through to the other side. Once this was done, I cut about an inch above the traced lines so to allow for me to fold the fabric over the lamp shade and glue down. I then used the cut piece of fabric as a template for making the second shade. Here's what it looked like once it was all cut.
I let the adhesive dry a bit, and then began to trim off a lot of the excess fabric on top and bottom. I also folded over the fabric to form the seam, which I kept in place by using a clothes pin. I took my hot glue gun, keeping extra glue sticks handy, and began to run a line of hot glue along the very top of the inside of the shade. BEWARE: I initially put glue on the very top of the shade, but that actually, once dried, looks lumpy and bumpy. So again the best method is to place the glue at the very top of the inside of the shade. Fold the fabric over the top of the shade, pulling it tight and press down. I did this in one foot sections, and placed clothes pins on the top of the shade, to hold the fabric against the glue and shade, forming a permanent bond.
It might sound a bit complicated, but it's really easy. Here's a picture of the finished product.
Here's the back side:
The whole purpose of the trim, really, is to avoid seeing the folded over fabric, that was glued to the inside of the lamp, show through when the lamp is actually on. I didn't notice that the edging showed through all that much, so I kind of like them just the way they are. But, if I wanted to put the trim on, all I would do is get my nifty glue gun and glue the trim along the top and bottom of the shade. But, here are some from Pottery Barn ..they don't have trim, and they are just beautiful.