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November 12, 2010

DIY Fabric Mouse Pad…

I recently decided that I had enough of using my magic mouse just on my desktop.  I needed a mouse pad…but didn’t want just an ordinary one.  So I decided to make one.  I actually made three until I found the method that would work the best.

My first attempted was made with a fabric and padding sandwich.  It turned out very nice looking but it slid around the desktop … Fail!

The second attempt involved covering a plain mouse pad with fabric and sewing a binding around the outside edge.  Works but I didn’t like how the corners turned up…Fail!

The third time’s the charm right?!?! Third attempted involved using cork board, double stick fusible web and fabric…It works perfectly fine!

I want to share the process with you so here is a quick tutorial:


  • Cork board (I bought the rolled up cork board, you may use that or the cork tile squares.  Mine isn’t very think…I believe the cork squares come in different thicknesses…what you use is totally up to you)
  • Double Stick Fusible Web
  • Cotton Fabric of you choosing
  • X-acto Knife and cutting board
  • Scissors
  • Iron


  1. Using the X-acto knife and ruler, place your cork on the cutting board and cut your cork board to the size you desire.  I cut mine as an 8″ x 8″ square.
  2. Cut your fabric an inch bigger than the cork on each side.
  3. Cut fusible web to the same size as your fabric piece
  4. Iron fusible web to fabric.
  5. Center cork piece onto fabric with cork against the web side.  With cork on the bottom, iron the web backed fabric to the cork.  The fabric should overlap the cork by about 1″ on all sides.
  6. Fold sides of fabric over one side at a time, working with opposite sides first.  Iron each side, over lap corners and trim neatly.

I also made a coaster so I may avoid water rings on my desk.  I love the way they both turned out!

I think these would make great gifts for family and friends.  After you make yours take some pictures and post them on your blog…then come back here and post a link in the comment section.