DIY Lampshade Tutorial using a Sweater

DIY Sweater Lampshade Tutorial

My plain white lampshades needed an update, and the first thing that popped into my head was to create a cozy cable knit sweater lampshade.  Since I don’t own any cozy cable knit sweaters that I want to chop up, I ran down to the Thrift Store on Friday night and scored not one but THREE sweaters that were potential candidates for my lampshade makeover project.  Who knew the thrift store had such a plethora of knitted goodness?

The final sweater winner turned out not to be cable knit at all, but it had these fun pompoms over a harlequin pattern that I just love!  The best part?  It was only $2.99!  Score!

 DIY lampshade using a thrift store sweater

I brought it home and gave it a quick wash just to knock the thrift store smell off of it.  Then I went to town giving my plain white lamp shade a cozy winter white upcycle.  Not counting the time it took to take photographs for this blog entry, this project took me less than 20 minutes from start to finish.  Here are the super simple instructions:

How to DIY a sweater lampshade I pulled the sweater down over the top of the shade in the same fashion as putting a pillow case over an overstuffed pillow.  It was tight, but tight is good in this scenario.  The sweater was a ladies size small, but it had enough stretch in it to fit snugly around the shade when I pulled it down around it. 

I pulled the waistline of the sweater right down to the bottom edge of the shade so it was even all around, then trimmed off the excess material at the top, leaving about 1” all around.  Then I secured the sweater around the top edge of the shade with a few dots of hot glue.  It’s so tight around the shade that I didn’t even bother gluing around the bottom.  If your sweater is larger than your lampshade, you should be able to just cut it up the back and pull it tight, then glue it down the seam. 

 And that was it, folks! 

 The end result is SO simple and beautiful!  

 DIY Sweater Lampshade Tutorial by Unskinny Boppy ( (2)

It’s the perfect winter white addition for my sunroom lamp.  Blogging mojo? FOUND. I’m totally in love with how quickly and easily this project came together!  Definitely try it and let me know how it works for you!

DIY Sweater Lampshade Tutorial by Unskinny Boppy (



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  1. What a great idea! It is adorable and looks so expensive.

  2. You are amazing. Really!! That is such a creative idea! Heading over to vote!

  3. That is fantabulous! $2.99 – you’re my lampshade hero!

  4. That is absolutely adorable and so much better than a plain white shade.

    BTW, the link doesn’t work.

  5. I love it so much! I just wish I could vote for it. That is one classy-looking Winter white lamp!

    • Thanks Court! I am so sorry for the delay in the voting, but the link seems to be working now. Hopefully you’ve got a minute to vote for me? Thanks so much!

  6. Oh no! The link to vote didn’t work for me. 🙁 Boo! The lampshade though? Totally works for me. I love how easy this makes it to add a little extra texture to a corner.

  7. All I can say is AWESOME! And I’m shoutin’ it from the mountaintop!!! Seriously, my favorite.

  8. Love the way the shade turned out! Can’t wait to try this out. I voted for you in the contest.

  9. Beth this is SO cute. What a perfect sweater for your shade. It’s DARLING! So wintery-white and perfect.

  10. I’m voting for sure Beth, love your lampshade!

  11. What a great idea and your shade looks so beautiful and very high end! This is a project I am going to try…

  12. Wow – your diy shade is just beautiful Beth! I love how the color of the sweater you chose picks up the whites and creams in your lovely room! Great idea to bring a cozy touch to a space for winter too. I voted for you too!!

  13. maryanne fields says:

    I’ve seen several sweater/lampshade redo projects on Pinterest, but I have to say, this is the best one I’ve ever seen. I love this look. It’s easy and I’m sure picking the perfect sweater made it my favorite.

  14. You know what the problem is? We are all going to run out to our thrift stores to get pom pom sweaters and they are going to be all sold out because of you 🙂 I mean that in the nicest way possible hee hee. I love this project, seriously love! Voting, pinning, posting on FB…blah blah blah, you know I love you.

  15. how fun and pretty, Beth! Heading over now to vote. 🙂

  16. That is SO adorable Beth! I voted for you!!

  17. Love this, Beth! Simple but so pretty and creative. And of course, I voted for you. Great job!

  18. Mary Stewart says:

    So BEAUTIFUL… I’m on my way to the resale shop to get me some sweaters! I voted for you, hope you win…and me too!

  19. Beth, your shade is pure genius! I voted for ya!

  20. I love your lamp. I beautiful it turned out. I found your blog and just love looking around and I am a new follower. I vote for your beautiful lamp too.


  21. Love love love this! Sooooo cute! I did the same with vases!

  22. OM gosh! That sweater is awesome and perfect for that! LOVE it! I am so going to steal that if I can ever find a sweater like that!!!!

  23. I seriously love this sweater lampshade. The pom-poms in the harlequin design are so cute! Heading over to vote for you now.

  24. Erin Kaven says:

    Yours is absolutely the best,,,,had to vote for you.

  25. Beth, this is absolutely fabulous and I love the white.! What a great idea and super easy…I totally want to try this! Voting, of course, and thank you so much for sharing!

  26. This is seriously gorgeous and amazing! I’m picturing sweaters on every lamp in my house now! Brilliant! Off to vote.


  27. That is brilliant and beautiful! I voted for you. Good luck!

  28. I’ve voted and good luck. Yours really was the best of the bunch!

  29. Renee Ault says:

    I went and voted for you…great idea and great job! I hope you win!!!

  30. You got my vote! This turned out sooooo cute, You’d never have known this was an old sweater! Seeing a lot of old sweater creations right now, but I think this is the prettiest yet!!

  31. LOVE your lampshade and just got back from voting for you!

  32. Your shade looks terrific. You got my vote. Good luck.

  33. You are brilliant Beth! Love it! Headed over to vote for you now. 🙂

  34. Janice Carpenter says:

    You got my vote! Super idea.

  35. I voted and I love it! Pinning!

  36. I had no problem voting for yours because it was by far my favorite! Beautiful and inexpensive! It doesn’t get any better than that.

  37. Beth,
    Your lamp shade turned out great! I never would have thought that putting a sweater on it would make one look so good. Awesome idea!

  38. What a beautiful lamp. Love the room, love the colors! Great photos.

  39. Deb. Mathenia says:

    I REALLY do like yours the best! Voted! <3

  40. Hands down, the coolest and prettiest!! Awesome! I just love it, and I voted. 🙂 Best wishes!

  41. This is just awesome! I love how easy and beautiful this is! I voted for you on the page and I’m going to look into making one of these for my home too! I’ll let you know when it’s up on my blog and will make sure to give you a shout-out when it’s up there! Thanks again for posting this! =D

  42. Hi Beth! Your lampshade is amazing! Thanks for the great instructions too. Hey, I did vote for you over at the contest. I was having a hard time finding some sweaters to make some pillows out of in my town in the thrift stores. I was in your “neck of the woods” near Alabaster and found several white sweaters at the big thrift store there and snatched them up. Hopefully, I will actually DO something with them…you are an inspiration!

  43. Such a clever idea. The lamp is absolutely adorable! I love the soothing beachy colors and decor.

  44. Beth, this is truly magnificent! I love, love, love it! And I voted for you! IT’S THE BEST!

  45. Absolutely brilliant and gorgeous!!! Kudos to you.

  46. That was a no brainer – I liked yours best, actually it was freaking awesome so I pinned it.


  47. Seriously amazing. I LOVE it!! That sweater is adorable and on the lamp….it rocks! I voted for ya!

  48. Hi Beth! I just wanted to let you know that I found it SO inspirational that I featured it on my blog page for one of my “FIVE FABULOUS FINDS FRIDAY” posts today. I hope you’ll come check it out. Thanks again for posting this!

  49. Love this so much Beth! so simple, but completely ingenious! Voted! xoT

  50. Fantastic idea! You lamp looks fabulous. Pinning 🙂

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