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Decorating with Pre-Ruffled Fabric! (ideas and tutorial)

I really love ruffles. And as someone that has only been sewing for a couple years, pre-ruffled fabric is just amazing. It saves so much time and I love the colors and textures of the material.

Plus, it comes in so many different ruffle widths. There are endless possibilities when it comes to projects that be dreamed up using ruffled fabric.

No-Sew Ruffled Lamp Shade

A really easy project that makes a big impact is covering a lamp shade with ruffled fabric. All you need is a glue gun, a small length of the fabric and some scissors. I recovered my lamp and I love the new, softer look! I got my fabric from RuffleFabric.com.


Here’s what I did:

  • Measure the width and length of the lampshade. Cut the fabric, adding about 2 inches to the width and1 inch to the length. I used a little less than 1/4 of  a yard for my lamp shade.
  • Pin the fabric onto the lampshade, lining up the ruffles at the back seam.
  • Start at the back of the shade where the seam is. Put a line of glue down the seam and then glue one end of the fabric to the seam.
  • Then glue the top of the fabric to the top of the lamp shade. Remember that the fabric stretches, so don’t pull very tightly.
  • Once you are around the whole shade, fold the excess under so the raw edge isn’t showing and glue the other end of the fabric down.
  • You can fold the extra fabric under the bottom edge of the lampshade, or leave it hanging down like I did for a softer look. If you do glue the fabric under, be sure to trim it and only fold a small amount under – you will be able to see the fold when the lamp is turned on.

In 5 minutes you have a whole new look!

I also made a little burlap and ruffle runner.

There are so many projects you can make with this fabric. Here are a few of my favorites from around the web:

1. Ruffled Skirt @Make It and Love It

2.  Easter Basket Liner @ Oopsey Daisy

3. Ruffled Dress out of an Old T-Shirt @Make It and Love it

4. Ruffled Crib Skirt @ UCreate

5. Ruffled Pillow on the Bias @I Still Love You

6. Ruffled Desk Skirt @ MaryJanes & Galoshes

7. 20-Minute Ruffle Dress @Me Sew Crazy

8. Ruffled Tote @Jibberish Designs

9. Ruffle Pillow @ Oopsey Daisy

10. Ruffled Runner @ A Girl and a Glue Gun

11. Ruffled Duvet @ Grosgrain Fabulous

12. Coastal Skirt @ I Could Make That

13. Ruffle Pillow @MaryJanes & Galoshes

14. Ruffle hat @ MaryJanes & Galoshes

15. Ruffle Tree Skirt @ Tatertots & Jello


Have YOU made anything with ruffles or pre-ruffled fabric? If you have, link it up in the comments — we would love to see it!!

Have a Creative Day!!


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  1. thanks to your ideas, i used my pre-ruffled fabric at last. though i had to fight it a bit :))
    here it is… thanks again!!


  2. I love these ideas! I’ve got to get to the store this weekend for all the sales and stock up on some ruffled fabric!

  3. wow… love those. I like your blog, you choose and manage beautiful post and pictures.
    Thanks for sharing all DIY tutorial.

  4. I never knew pre made ruffle fabric existed! Thanks for sharing. Ruffled crafts will never be the same! :)

  5. I saw this lamp shade here some time ago and thought it was just fabric wrapped around, this is simple with a cute twist, I really like it.

  6. Hey Jen!
    I love reading your blog : ) always so inspiring!
    (And I LOVE your new kitchen!!)
    I made a ruffled pillow case just a while back:
    ps: this is my first time ever linking something : ) yay for firsts!

  7. Very cute ideas!! My bedroom lamps need a make over and this may be just the thing to jazz them up!! Thanks for sharing…

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  8. Love the lampshade — and it looks EASY, which is the best part! And the burlap and ruffle runner is fabulous. MIght have to get some ruffled fabric to make one.

  9. This lampshade is too cute. I have a really boring one right now, so this is inspiring me to make one.

  10. I don’t think I ever seen pre-ruffled fabric in the store before…maybe I’m not looking in the right place. Now I want to find some and make something ruffley:) I love your lamp Jen! It is too cute! Have a great week!

    • You will love the fabric Kelli. There are so many things you could do with it. One of the other commenters said she used it as a backdrop for a birthday party. I love that idea too!!

      Have a super week my super friend!


  11. I love the lampshade cover! So pretty and girly!

    I also love anything ruffly – I’ll have to see about crafting with some ruffle fabric!

  12. Your lampshade looks terrific! Love the ruffles! I haven’t used the premade ruffled fabric before, but will be keeping an eye out for it. Thanks for sharing.

  13. This is great timing! I just used the last 2 yards of cream ruffled fabric my fabric store had as a backdrop for my daughter’s birthday party so now I have some fab tutes to help me reuse the fabric creatively!

  14. http://allthingslucirae.blogspot.com/2011/11/ruffled-love.html

    I totally made a ruffle lamp too:) Love your version!

  15. Love the ruffled lampshade, Jen! It looks great in that cute nook. :)

  16. Love this idea. I have yet to use pre-ruffle fabric. Need to do this for the pillows I want to create!

  17. Your lampshade is gorgeous, Jen! I had no idea this site existed; it’s in my Favorites now! From what I’ve just looked at I love it. I can’t wait to place an order ~ I can just imagine what I could do with this pre-ruffled fabric.

  18. Love the ruffled lampshade! I just bought some of the ruffled fabric this weekend to make a tuffet. Love the ruffles!

  19. For someone who really can’t sew, I love this ruffled trim! I covered a lamp shade with it over the summer.


  20. That lampshade looks so cute! I love the look of ruffles too :)

  21. I have a free pattern for a crochet ruffle bag:

  22. I adore ruffles too! Thanks for including my ruffle ideas in the lineup, Jen!! XO


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