Plain mousepads are boring! There are plenty of pretty pads available out there for purchase, but I wanted to recycle my old one with the use of some fabric. This is such a simple project ! I had a plain gray mousepad that I used to use in my old office, but with all of these new upgrades, the mouse pad could not be ignored. So I recycled my old mousepad by adding a scrap of fabric I had leftover from a recent project.
- Any rubber backed mousepad
- Fusible web for bonding (called Stitch Witchery)
- Iron, ironing board, and moist washcloth
- Fabric of choice (avoid fabrics that are too sheer, have embroidery, or that resist fusible web due to their artificial fibers).
First, align your fabric pattern on your upside down mousepad, then trim about an inch of fabric all around.
Next, trim a piece of fusible web to the size of your mouse pad, and fold your fabric over the webbing. Use your hot iron and a moist washcloth to bond the fabric to the pad. Be careful not to melt your rubber backside by avoiding any direct contact between the back and your iron.
Once you’ve done all four sides, then trim the fabric on your corners, pinch the fabric down, and use more fusible web to bond the corners to the mouse pad.
That’s all folks. Simple, and a project you can accomplish in about 15 minutes.
For another tutorial on how to sew a mouse pad, see this post at Craft A Week.
Or try Ashley’s Modge Podge version at Make It And Love It.
What a great idea. It looks fabulous. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs, Marty
That is adorable. You did a wonderful job! Your tutorials are always fabulous.
Adorable! I still love that fabric. :) Great project…would make a fun Christmas gift for a college student too.
I'm sitting here looking around at my desk and after seeing your desk I'm inspired to beautify this area. Your's is lovely … and doable.
My daughter recently recovered her mousepad using fabric and ModPodge. http://uswheelers.blogspot.com/2009/06/spice-up-your-mousepad.html
I don't know if I would go through the trouble of folding the fabric to the back. I would cut out the exact shape of the mouse pad out of fabric (with the fusible web attached) then use fray check around the whole thing. Then iron it on to the mouse pad. Just my 2 cents
Loving the office transformation
very cute mousepad!
i am inspired!
So cute! Funny story, I have that fabric in my living room, as curtains! Got them Lowe's when they were clearanced out a while ago!
Very pretty. I actually gave up using a mouse pad some time back; it seems to work OK without. I could never find a nice one but you've done a great job.
Great idea. As always thank you for sharing!
Definitely making over my mouse pad this week, it is starting to lift in the corners so its a perfect time to give it a facelift! Thanks for the tip.
Hello Kate – thank you for this tutorial! I was just at Fry's recently looking at mouse pads for my desk and was disappointed at all the plain ugly choices they had. They did have a few cute animal ones, but I want a more feminine looking design. So I came home with a boring black pad. Thanks to you, now I can customize it!
wow! why didn’t I think of this before? I’m doing this tonight! anyway, just wanted to thank you. I’m a new follower (stumbled upon it about 10 days ago) and I already have a few things from your site I want to try, like the paint cans turned into plant holders idea. I just hope they turn out as pretty as yours. keep on doing your thing and I’ll keep on being inspired.
– Alice “novelist, wife, mother” the DIYer :)