Old Sweater Project: Lampshade Cover

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Upcycle old sweaters
 Hey hey! Can I just say it's fun posting about 'warming' up my house for fall/winter when its still 85 degrees outside. lol. I must live in lala land. I swear, one of these days, the weather is actually going to feel like fall weather and not like summer. At least the nights and mornings are getting crisp :) ...which by the way, makes it really hard to dress for. You dress warm in the morning cuz its cold out, and then by the afternoon you're dying from the heat. Just sayin......

Anyway. Today is another simple project dealing with.....yep, you guessed it....sweaters :) This time, updating a lampshade using a sweater. If you are lucky, and have the right sized sweater for your shade, this will take no time at all.
Upcycle Sweaters Lamp

 Okay. All you have to do is get a sweater and fit it on your lampshade. I had the bottom of the sweater hit the bottom rim of the shade, made it easy and kept a nice finished edge. For this, I used a sweater that was a perfect fit for the shade itself. If you are using a bigger sweater, you may want to take it in on the sides a bit to get the fit you want.
Now, find the top rim of the lampshade under the sweater and mark about two inches above it and start cutting....while you are cutting, make sure the bottom of the sweater is staying in line with the bottom of the shade :) unlike mine in the picture below lol. But, lucky me, I noticed this before I finished cutting ;)
And side note....27 weeks! only 13 left :)...and yes, this is my nursery with no crib, dresser, rug, chair, etc....nothing in it yet lol

Once you have cut the sweater around the shade, fold over the excess sweater fabric into the inside of the shade and secure using hot glue. When working around wires, you can just cut a little slit in the fabric so the wire peeps through. Or you can just go right over it, depends on the finish you want :) Once you are a here, if you are OCD and need a finished edge, you can now glue some ribbon around the unfinished edge of the sweater. I didn't. But you can ;)

The best thing about this project is that you aren't ruining your current lampshade. Since the sweater fits right over an existing shade, there's no need to spray or glue the outside of the shade. This is a great way...and cheap way...to transition the lamp from summer to fall/winter.
Sweater lamp shade
Once winter is over, just take the sweater off. You'll probably have a few glue marks on the inside of the shade, but as long as it doesn't bother you, it doesn't bother me ;)

If you missed yesterday's post, just click below and see how to make a vase cozy. Takes like 1 minute to make :) Seriously.


  1. What an adorable idea!! I love this; it looks so cozy to have the lamp shade wrapped in a sweater!
    And speaking of adorable- you look too cute preggers! Congrats!!

  2. Ok you are the cutest preggo I ever did see! And I LOVE that sweater Lamp!! Super Cute!

  3. Cute idea and nice choice of sweater. Love the white with the rest of the things on that table.

    And all the best, Preggy Bird! Best wishes.


  4. Great Idea... love the look and such a simple thing to bring a sweet elegance.. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. Just spent that last few hours perusing your fab blog and I loved every page :)
    Thanks for such great inspiring posts and for sharing all your creativity...made my normal afternoon fab...thanks

  6. Wow very cute love your choice

  7. Now I know what a genius is. Bravo! Love this.

  8. Warm and cozy lampshade. Great way to create texture and ambiance!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

  9. I found you at the HOH link up. I love this sweater shade and I love your blog! I'm your newest follower! I would like to invite you to share this at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. Your ideas are so creative!

  10. Great idea and you look so cute pregnant! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from HOH. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-18.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. Just found you through a link party. Such a cute and cozy idea. And congrats on making it to 27 weeks with such beauty! You look fab!

  12. Hi Alicia, I love your sweater project. I hope you don't mind, but I featured it on my blog as part of a round up. Have a wonderful weekend, Darlene

  13. I love this fabulous idea. It can really cozy up a corner. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.



happy DIYing! Alicia