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Interior designer Jules Haines rescues offcuts of fancy fabric and designer wallpaper destined for landfill. In our new column, she shows us how to transform a damaged lampshade into something beautiful and bespoke using an old curtain, duvet cover or even a scarf.

You will need

■ An old drum lampshade

■ Fabric, approx 50cm high x 130cm wide. Use any material — a bedsheet or even a dress you no longer wear — as long as it’s not too thick to enable the light to shine through

■ Sheet of white self-adhesive laminated lampshade vinyl

■ Doubled-sided tape 9mm wide. Tesa tape works best for lampshades

■ Ruler

■ Pencil

■ Stanley knife and sharp scissors

How to guide

1. Strip: Take the Stanley knife to cut away the two metal rings, which will be at the top and bottom on your current shade. Keep as close to the rings as possible as you will be using your old laminate to create a template for the new. Strip down the rings. Cut the old laminate from top to bottom to lay it flat on the new laminate as a guide, then draw round it with the pencil. Use the ruler to add 2cm on one of the ends to create the overlap seam. Cut it out neatly.

2. Mark: Iron your fabric to remove any creases, and if there’s part of your fabric that you want to include or avoid, make sure you work around it. Place your new laminate panel over your fabric, pattern side down, and mark around the edges onto the cloth with a pencil.

3. Stick: Turn panel over so the peelable side of the laminate is facing the inside of the fabric, pattern still facing down. At one end, peel back 2cm of the laminate and stick down onto the fabric matching your pencil markings. Continue gradually peeling, sticking and smoothing all the way along. If you make any mistakes or bubbles, pull the fabric back and re-stick.

4. Trim: With your new laminate firmly in place, measure an extra 1.4cm of fabric lengthways along the top and bottom of the laminate and mark with a pencil. Cut out neatly around the markings. You should now have two strips of excess fabric to wrap around the two lampshade rings.

5. Tape: Put a strip of double-sided sticky tape top to bottom on the end of the laminate on the left hand side to form the join. Take the backing off, exposing the glue. Then cover both lampshade rings with double-sided tape and pull off the backing so they are left sticky. Check your pattern is the right way up. The ring with the bulb fitting should be at the top facing inwards for a ceiling light, and on the bottom facing inwards for a table lamp.

6. Roll: Pick up both sticky rings, one in each hand. Start on the right end, away from the sticky strip for the join that you have on the left end, and place both rings on the very edge on the laminate, careful not to touch the fabric. Roll the rings (see picture above) forward following the line of the laminate until it is a full circle. If you go off the panel or wonky, just unstick and roll back. When you get to the left end push the seams together with the sticky strip you placed on earlier and seal the join.

7. Fold: Fold the spare fabric over the rings. For the ring with the bulb fitting, cut a small snip by each arm to allow the fabric to fit around. Push fabric around and under the rings firmly — a credit card works well for this. Continue until all the shade is covered. Then voila — attach to your lamp and switch on! (See picture top).

To buy rescued offcuts of bargain designer fabric or wallpaper, see Jules also runs lampshade making courses and tutorials on