I am happy to be a member of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. We recently had a Denyse Schmidt fabric giveaway and I decided to use my fat eighths and fat quarters to make a cover for my Silhouette Cameo. The colors were outside of my usual “cool colors only” rule, but I really like the blend of grey, red, and orange in just the right combinations.
General Sewing supplies (thread, scissors, seam ripper, etc.)
Fabric for outside and lining of cover, <0.5 yards of each
Premade binding tape to match
1. (Optional) Piece patchwork design for main body and sides. I wanted to use as many of the fabrics as possible, so I decided to piece the main body of the cover in a modified chevron pattern by cutting and assembling 2″ x 4″ (finished) rectangles. I chose the order of fabrics I wanted to create my pattern and cut out 10 rectangles each 2.5″ x 4.5″ from each fabric. I arranged the pieces to make the modified chevron as seen in the photo below. Then, I assembled the piece using as much chain piecing as possible. Based on the size of my Cameo, I needed a main piece made from 12 or 13 rows of fabric with 9 to 10 pieces per row. If you’re not piecing the main piece, just jump to the next step.
2. Choose your fabrics. Choose a fabric for the outside and inside of the cover. You’ll need an main body and two side pieces for both the outside and lining. For my cover, I pieced the outside main body (step 1) and used some scraps from that to piece the outside side pieces. For the lining, I pieced together some of the fat eights I had remaining to make a really scrappy overall look.
3. Create your patter pieces. The main body is made from a ~15 inch by 21.5 inch rectangle, including 0.5 inch seam allowance. Cut out a pattern piece from printer paper if you are patchwork piecing the main body to make it easier to center the design you want. If you making a solid cover, simply cut a rectangle of the needed size from your fabric. For the side piece, start with a rectangle that is 7.25 inches by 5.5 inches cut out of printer paper. Looking at the rectangle with the 7.25 inch length oriented from left to right, make a mark 3.75 inch up on the left side (mark A) and 1.5 inch up on the right side (mark B). On the top, make a mark 2.25 inch from the left side (mark C). Connect the mark A and C and cut the pattern, removing a triangle in the upper left corner of the rectangle. Connect mark C and B with a concave curved line mimicking the slope of the front of your Cameo. This is a gentle curve that when cut away with produce a pattern piece that matches the side of your Cameo, including 0.5 inch seam allowance.
4. Cut out your pieces. Cut two pieces of the main body shape and four pieces of the side shape. Depending on your design, make sure you cut a “left” and “right” of the fabric you want for both the outside and lining fabric. Sandwich the main body piece with right sides out and quilt a design of your choosing with a even feed foot, if you have one. I didn’t include any batting since my cover is primarily a dust cover and will keep it’s shape either way. Repeat for the two side pieces, making sure right sides are out.
5. Assemble the cover. With right sides together, pin the left side piece to the left edge of the main body piece. Start pinning at the back of the cover, easing the pieces together around the curve. There may be extra fabric at the front edge. Mimic this seam on the right edge, attaching the right side piece starting from the back of the cover. If there is extra fabric on the front edge, trim the fabric edge straight across. For an enhanced look, I included black piping in these two seams.
6. Bind the edge to finish. Starting in the middle of the back edge, apply premade binding to the raw edge around the bottom of the cover using whatever technique you prefer. I like using a binding foot for this type of application that has few twists and turns. After binding, your cover is ready to use!
– Stephanie, HoustonDIY