ruffled chandy shades - tutorial

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I don't think I love you anymore. 
And, to be honest, I never loved you.

That's the chandelier that came with the house.

It has never been replaced because I go back and forth about what I want to replace it with.  It's been almost 2 years, and I'm still not sure.  So, a temporary fix was in order.

The hanging beads were what drove me the most insane so I knew those HAD to go.  I didn't want to buy new shades because those darn things aren't as cheap as I'd like them to be for something that's just a temporary fix.

Here's what I came up with.

Ruffled Chandy Shades

I was a little worried it would look too frou frou, but figured it had to be better than those beads!  Over the past few months (I did this a while ago) it has really grown on me and I'm no longer madly hunting down new lighting :D

Here's what you'll need:
  • chandelier shades
  • fabric for the ruffles (the amount of fabric you need depends on the number of shades you have.  I had 8 shades and used about 1.5 yards of fabric)
  • sewing machine and thread
  • scissors
  • glue gun and glue
STEP ONE: If your shades have any embellishment hanging off the bottom like mine did, RIP IT OFF! 

STEP TWO: Determine how many rows of ruffles you want on your shade.  I wanted three rows.  My shades are 4.5 inches from top to bottom, so the width of my strips were 1.5 inches (1.5" wide fabric strips x 3 rows = 4.5" of ruffled fabulousness).   

STEP THREE: Snip and rip (yes, I said rip) your fabric!  This way you will have nicely frayed edges and it will eliminate the need for finishing the sides.  Added bonus - it's way fun.  To do this so that the strips rip evenly you'll want to rip along the grain of your fabric.  The fabric I used was cotton and the grain ran along the length of the selvedge.  I snipped every 1.5 inches (the width I wanted my ruffles to be) along the cut portion of my fabric, and then ripped the snips open and down the length of the selvedge.  Here's a picture that might help explain.

STEP FOUR: Using a basting stitch on your sewing machine or the longest stitch length available (see your sewing machine's manual if unsure) sew straight down the middle of your strip of fabric.  Make sure NOT to back stitch at the beginning or end, and leave your threads long at the beginning and end.  I used white thread just so you would be able to see the stitch in the picture.  Use a thread color that matches your fabric.

STEP FIVE:  Pull on one of the threads (whichever one is easiest to pull) and create the ruffles.  You can pull them as tight or loose as you like.  Keep in mind, the tighter the ruffles, the more fabric you will need.

STEP SIX: Using your glue gun, glue on your first strip of ruffles to the top of your chandelier shade.  Run your bead of glue onto the shade where the center seam of your ruffle will lay.  This way the top and bottom edges of the ruffle will lay away from the shade.  Cut any remaining length of fabric just past where you began gluing, fold the edge under, and glue down.  Do this for the remaining rows and remaining shades.  This picture shows the center seam of the ruffle glued to the shade.

STEP SEVEN: Enjoy your new chandelier shades!

And just because I can't resist and good before and after

Ahhh... better!

Linking to:

The DIY Show Off

The Girl Creative



A Little Knick Knack


Fancy This


  1. You are a creative genius...and you are my fave! MUAH! Give your angel hugs and kisses...if I close my eyes I can smell her sweet little noggin.

  2. Very cute! I am going to try this on a full lamp shade. All though the whole sewing maching thing I am not good with. Great job!

  3. I LOVE these shades! Very clever. Just came across your blog and I'm a new follower.

  4. Those are fabulous!!! I love them. I was getting ready to recover mine (again), but now you have me re-thinking my method...

  5. Your blog is great. I'm your newest follower. :)

  6. I LOVE this!! I would love for you to share it at my Linky Party!



  7. The shades are darling, what a great idea! I might try this on a small lampshade in my daughter's room. I'm a new follower.

  8. Great tutorial and they are looking so cute!

  9. I love ruffles and your shades look gorgeous. I'm visiting from Whassup Wed. and am a new follower. Stop by and say hi I'd love it.

  10. This really adds a lot of sophistication to that fixture. Wow. Love your damask curtains in the background as well! Where did you get them???

    Thanks for sharing this with my readers at Creative Juice Thursday!


  11. Yay! You came over and linked this up! I was so excited to see your post pop up and these shades are just fabulous! I think they look like something that would cost mucho buckos in the Ballard designs catalog. Thank you so much for joining in the fun at Inspiration Friday this week and we hope to see much more of you in the future! :-)
    P.S. I have had soooo much fun reading through your other posts and getting to "know" you a bit better!

  12. Very cute! I love how it turned out!

  13. These look so grand, love them! Thank you for teh excellent tutorial.

  14. Wow they look great! :) Thanks for the tutorial. I need to re-do the one my brother gave me... sadly I have no sewing machine. :/

    (found you through The Girl Creative's blog hop today... and following you now. Please stop by and visit me (I'm a newbie). Thanks!

  15. What a wonderful creation-you are very talented! Thank you for inspiring me to redo my daughter's shades.Come visit me at Brambly,I would love to hear from you. Take care.


  16. Really cute and so creative!! They came out darling~ now following along! Stop by and say hello sometime! :)

  17. That's such a neat idea, they look so much better now....also thanks for leaving a comment on my painted rug!

  18. Very creative idea. Thought about doing some ruffling on a shade of mine recently but alas it didn't happen. Keep up the great work.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD
    Stop by sometime, you may be interested in a
    shade revamp I did:
    or a recent chandelier make over:

  19. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


  20. AMAZING!!!! Your blog is adorable. New follower in the house!!! = )))

  21. Just found your lovely blog! The shades are adorable! Ruffles are so fashionable right now. What a clever way to update a fixture on a dime! I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
    Have a great day!

  22. Very cute idea. Love the ruffles. Nice way to jazz up a plain shade. Thanks for posting.
    I am your newest follower.
    Have a Great Day :)

  23. That is such a cute idea.. i love ruffles..

  24. Just saw you on The Picket Fence site....these are so cute. What a lovely site you have! I'm your latest follower.


  25. New follower! Love the ruffles....super creative and I love the 'after'!!

  26. Saw you on The DIY Show have fabulous stuff. I'm now following you...hope to see you around my blog as well {}


  27. It never ceases to amaze me with the ittle changes. Same light, same color but add a little texture and got glam!

  28. great job!! this is such a nice modern update to the shades- and bonus that you like it so much to not have to replace the whole fixture!! Thanks for linking up to Transformations and Treasures!

  29. So pretty, I really like the ruffles better! I found you on the blog swap @ Homemaker on a Dime.


  30. I love the dimension the ruffles add to the shades. The look amazing!

  31. What a great idea! I might do this with our lamp shade :)

  32. Funky frills, what's not to love?! Great idea! So, come link it up at our party, at


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