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!

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  1. Love this lampshade, Beth!!! I love all things cable knit and sweater-like 🙂

    I voted for you too 🙂

  2. What a great idea, I’m totally grabbing one next time I’m in a charity shop and giving our bedroom lamps the same treatment!

  3. Mary Corbo says:

    What size sweater was that for that size shade? Looks so great!

    • Beth@Unskinny Boppy says:

      Thanks Mary! It was a woman’s size small, but since it was at the thrift store there’s no way to know how much it has stretched or shrunk over the years. 🙂

  4. This is so unique I tried to vote for you but it looks like the contest is over 🙁 I love what you did with this! What a great use of recycling, if I saw this in a store I’d definitely buy it!! Great job!

  5. Bravo Beth!!! That is the best one there!!! :)))

  6. What a fabulous idea! I was too late for the contest, but I do like your entry best.

  7. What a fabulous lamp. That was the perfect sweater for a lampshade. Congratulations on winning the prize.

  8. Wow…this is genius! I am dying to try looks so expensive. Great creative mind. I haven’t been on your website before… but I’m adding it to the list. Thanks!

  9. Beth,

    I LOVE this idea! Truly! What an awesome project! I have a few sweaters and I have a few lampshades! I can do this!

    Have a great day rock star!

  10. Hi Beth, it’s my first time visiting and I thought I’d say hi. What a beautiful blog you have and your sweater lampshade is fabulous! What a fun idea. I see that you live in Alabama so I believe we are “neighbors”… we live in TN now but lived in AL for several years. 🙂

  11. I love this!!!! I have so many ugly lampshade and I should get my act together and put a sweater on one! 🙂 Great idea. Pinning 🙂

  12. Love, love, love it……..and oh so cheap!

  13. So creative! Would NEVER have thought to do this but it looks great!

  14. Hi Beth,

    I love this project, I’m actually doing the same thing myself with a cable knit blanket.

    But I must ask, how do you get such wonderfully lit photos of your house? They look amazing! Especially by the window. I’d love to hear about your camera settings 🙂

  15. OMG That Is So Beautiful !!!!

  16. Stella Maris Herrera says:

    Muy bueno los trabajos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Muy buena la pagina , me ha sido muy util, te felicito y muchas gracias.

  18. Yours was a winner hands down. I went to take a peek at the other entries and yours was still the one I gravitated to. Nice job!!!!

  19. Love you diy on sweater lampshade, and glad you won for simplicity &elegance!

  20. I love the look of the whole room. Is this your room? I love the rug, where did you purchase the grey scrolled rug? Did you paint the tables? I live in South Carolina and would love to try this look, both rooms are great. It is hard to move from the north and try to use your furniture down south. Love this site.

    • Hey Jan! Thanks so much. The rug is made by Mohawk, purchased at Home Depot:

      I painted the desk in the corner but not the small table, it was purchased at Homegoods. You can read more about the sunroom here:

  21. Love your lamp and congratulations for all the well-deserved “features”.

  22. I love this idea so much! I am pinning and sharing on Google+ So clever!

  23. So cute!!! New follower here.

  24. Cool idea. I would never have thought to do it myself.

  25. Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m planning to start my own blog in the near
    future but I’m having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Sorry for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  26. What did you do with the sleeves????

  27. I can’t figure out what to do with the sleeves
    Help me, please lol



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