Several months ago I bought a “temporary” mousepad at some discount store (I don’t even remember what store it was) for a couple of dollars. It was a stopgap measure until I could find a “real” one. As I said, that was SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, and I still haven’t gotten around to getting that “real” mousepad. So when I saw a simple tutorial on Going Home To Roost about how to give your tired, old mousepad a makeover, I knew it was meant to be. My procrastination was paying off for once!
My only concern about this project was finding some cute material to use. There aren’t too many fabric store options where I live.
But then I remembered the fat quarters (quarter-yard cuts of fabric often used by quilters) I had ordered for my “Fabric Covered Letters” post back in March. They were almost EXACTLY the right size for this! Another sign it was simply “meant to be!”
Now all I needed was some Heat n Bond Iron-on Adhesive (which I found easily at our local discount store) and I was ready to rock this makeover!
DIY Mousepad Makeover
What you’ll need:
- (1) old mousepad
- a piece of fabric large enough to cover the pad
- a piece of Heat n Bond Iron-on Adhesive large enough to cover the pad
- a pencil
- an iron
Start by placing your mousepad onto your chosen piece of fabric and lightly trace around it with a pencil.
Carefully cut out your circle.
Place the mousepad onto a piece of the Heat n Bond and again trace around it with a pencil. Cut out this circle also.
Preheat your iron to wool setting without the steam option.
Place adhesive, paper side up, onto the back (or wrong side) of your material. Place and hold iron on paper side for 2 seconds. Repeat, gliding iron to a new area and pressing, slighting overlapping previous area until entire surface is bonded. Allow material to cool.
Now you’re ready to put your a new “face” on your mousepad….but first you have to get rid of the old one!
Peel that tired old layer of black fabric off the top of your mousepad! Since mine was already curling up on almost the entire perimeter, it was very easy to take off.
Peel off paper backing. Place the bonded material, adhesive side down, in desired position on top of mousepad. Make sure to line up the edges precisely! Press and hold iron for 8-10 sec on each section until entire piece is bonded.
After I was DONE with this project is occurred to me that it would have been easier to first bond the material with the iron-on adhesive THEN cut out the circle (thus eliminating the need to cut out TWO circles) but that would have just made entirely too much sense. :-) I point this out not just to embarrass myself, but to save you a step, if you so desire. It will come out much the same either way though.
This was one of those projects that looked so simple that I figured there had to be a catch…but there wasn’t! It truly WAS simple and I absolutely love the results!
I’m totally diggin’ my pink polka dot mousepad! But when I get tired of it, all I have to do is find another cute scrap of fabric and repeat the steps above. This “temporary” mousepad I bought could conceivably last FOREVER. :-)