February 6, 2013

DIY Mouse Pad Tutorial

Truth: I have been using my iPad case as a mouse pad for almost a year. It’s just one of those things that worked, and buying an actual mouse pad was easily lost in all the shuffle around here. Not exactly a priority. Well, this week I was feeling crafty and decided to make one of my own. Sort of.

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Seriously, this project is SO simple. It took 15 minutes, tops and cost $3. That’s a three.

I bought a cheapie, basic black mouse pad cover (you could use any old one you have around the house), brought out some leftover fabric, and the beloved mod podge (just what I had on hand- any glue should work).

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Let’s break it down, although I’m sure you might be able to guess what happens here.

1. Place mouse pad on fabric. Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

2. Cut fabric, leaving about one inch extra around the mouse pad.

Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

3. Cover the bottom of the mouse pad with mod podge (or whatever glue you’re using) and lie face down on the fabric. Smooth out any wrinkles.

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4. Cut three strips into the fabric around all the corners, to avoid creases once glued.

Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

5. Make a border of glue to wrap fabric around. Mod Podge dries clear, so don’t worry about making it perfect.

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6. Pull extra fabric around and secure.

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7. Let it dry. Mine took a few hours to dry completely beneath the fabric.

Voila.

Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

This turned out so much better than I expected! The corners especially.

Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

It doesn’t hurt that I was totally obsessed with the fabric to begin with. It was the runner up for Zoey’s pillow case.

Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

It’s such a fun burst of color at my desk, which is mostly white. And just the inspiration I need while up at midnight, writing a post about a mouse pad ;)

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23 thoughts on “DIY Mouse Pad Tutorial

  1. Stephanie

    I will defiantly be doing this. I have been without a mouse pad for awhile now. Time for a something pretty like this. Love it! I am hooked on your blog! Love your entire home! I posted you on my favorite reads and I am using your kitchen as inspiration for my own redo. Can’t wait to show you pictures!

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  2. KarenE

    You just sparked my fascination with Mod Podge, I now need to go pick some up and try a few projects with it. I love “use-what-you-have” projects, thanks for a great one!

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  3. Lisa Frank

    So cute! Love that fabric…your link didn’t work, so could you repost it? I’d really love to know the name of that fabric. Thanks! :)

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Unfortunately, I’m a Mod Podge newbie and not confident enough to give advice on this.. Anyone else want to chime in?

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