I’m one of those people who tends to get easily bored with my living/working environment, especially the spaces I spend most of my time in, like my home office. Since I spend most of my work hours there, seeing the same thing day in and day out can become tiresome! I have found that changing things up from time to time can really improve the energy of the room, and often gives me a fresh burst of inspiration!
So when I came across this cute and inexpensive DIY idea, I had to give it a try! If you already have a spare mousepad lying around (or are okay with using the one you already have,) you’re already halfway there!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A fat quarter of your choice of fabric (I got several at Joann’s for $0.99 each!)
- Fabric scissors
- Mod Podge
Start by placing your mousepad on your fabric. Cut the fabric around the edges of the mousepad, leaving a 2” margin of fabric along each edge.
With your mousepad right side up, use your brush to cover the surface with Mod Podge. Once you’re done, flip the mousepad over and press it down firmly onto the reverse or wrong side of your fabric.
Next, with the reverse side of the mousepad still facing up, make a cut from each of the corners of the fabric in to the corners of the mouse pad. Then cut a straight line on either side of these diagonal cuts, in to where the sides of the mousepad start to curve. It’s sort of tricky to explain, so here’s a diagram if you need one!
Once your cuts are made, fold the triangle flaps of the fabric over use your Mod Podge to glue them down. (It doesn’t really matter which flap your glue down first.) And when in doubt, use more Mod Podge! You can use it on the underside of the fabric to stick it down, then add a coat over the top for extra insurance.
Once the triangle flap pieces are all glued down, use the Mod Podge to fold over and glue down the long edges.
Allow your mousepad to dry for several hours, flipping it over to ensure that both sides can dry. You could also hang it from a line with a clothespin so air can get to both sides of it. Or you can always use your trusty hair dryer to speed things up. ;-)