One of the first projects I think every proud new CAMEO owner should do when you get a new Silhouette machine is to customize your CAMEO dust cover. I love having a matchy-matchy workspace—I try to do a little custom work on everything to make it fit right in with my décor. The covers are made from a sturdy canvas material so they will hold up to lots of different methods of personalization. They come in a few different colors, too! For today’s post, I came up with five quick and easy ways to inspire you to customize your dust cover. Some of these are done on my Portrait® cover, but you can easily apply the same ideas to CAMEO-sized ones. Ready to see? Let’s get to it!
First up, rhinestones. They are sparkly, they show up on any shade of background, and they come in a ton of different colors. You just can’t go wrong with this option. I did clear rhinestones on my teal CAMEO cover. If you need a few pointers, Kelly has a great post here that explains how to add rhinestones to fabric. All versions of Silhouette Studio™ are capable of cutting the rhinestone patterns in the Design Store, but if you’d like to design your own, you’ll need to upgrade to the Designer Edition.
Printable Cotton Fabric
Printable Cotton Fabric is an excellent way to customize your cover if you’d like to keep everything in the fabric realm. You can print designs from the Design Store, or even use your own designs on this specialty media. To adhere your image once you have printed and cut it, use Heat’n Bond as the adhesive and iron your design to your dust cover. Be sure to remove the liner on the back of the cotton sheet first before you adhere the Heat’n Bond—it’s there solely to help the Printable Cotton Fabric stick properly to the mat and allow it to cut cleanly.
Adhesive Stencil Sheets
I’ve been waiting for the Stencil Material sheets since they were announced earlier this year, and I finally got to try them out a couple of weeks ago. SO excited! The Adhesive Stencil Material Sheets were easy to use on the canvas since they didn’t move around as I was applying the craft paint. Because the letters in my blog title are all different colors, using a stencil and craft paint was a simpler (and super FUN) way to customize my CAMEO dust cover. Plus, it saved me the time it would have taken to line up letters cut from Heat Transfer Vinyl. You can find the post for this stencil project here.
Next up—felt! Who says you can only have a single dust cover for your machines? Why not have one for each season? This is my Christmas dust cover for my Portrait®. I like using the gray ones to customize since any color embellishment shows up wonderfully on them. For this cover, I purchased felt pieces and created the design using fabric glue to attach them to the cover, since I wanted the edges of the snowflakes to be able to lift up. You could just as easily iron them on if you’d like a very secure bond. Cutting felt with your CAMEO can be a little tricky, but there are several methods available online to help you adjust your machine settings. Martha has some ideas and tips for cutting felt in her puppet tutorial, here.
Heat Transfer Vinyl
Last, but certainly not least is Heat Transfer Vinyl. If you are looking for clean, crisp designs, this is the method of choice for customizing your dust cover. You can get some really intricate detail when using this material. And once it’s on there, it’s machine washable, to boot! I love using heat transfer vinyl for monogramming items. Cari discusses how to apply Heat Transfer Vinyl in her throw pillow tutorial, here.