Creating Your Own Custom Mouse Pad
That looks expensive
I’m almost embarrassed to say this, but for too many years to remember, I’ve been using an old notepad as a mouse pad. I even jot down notes on it while I’m working, put my hot glue gun on it, and tear away pieces of it when needed. It’s a little ridiculous, I know. A while back one of my fellow design team members posted a fabric mouse pad that she made. For some reason, it never crossed my mind to make my own, but that has finally changed. I found the perfect plain rose gold pad at Target for $3.00 (That dollar section gets me every time), and knew I had to make it even prettier than it already was in all of its rose gold glory.
I searched through Pinterest (of course) to find some inspiration and found a similar one but in different colors. Because it is summer almost all year long here in Florida, I decided to go with the palm leaves since, and because I had just picked up a few palm leaf desk accessories from Jo Ann Fabrics. Luckily,bI had already purchased the leaf design while planning my little guy’s party, so all I had to do was design the layout, cut, and adhere! I’ll admit, I wasn’t 100% sure who the HTV would take to the mouse pad, but so far, it’s held up perfectly.
Plain mouse pad of choice
HTV in color of your choice (SISER Bundles HERE)
Silhouette cutting machine of choice
My original design was suppose to have the leaves go all the way to the end of the mouse pad, but through too much excitement to get this done, I accidentally didn’t move my design all the way to the far left edge of the design area, therefore cutting off of my vinyl piece. I also didn’t have enough white HTV to redo it, but I trimmed it down and made it work. I still love the way it came out.
1. Measure your mouse pad and create a box of that size.
2. Start designing your layout. I simply used the same leaf design all over, turning it in different directions.
Note: Remember to mirror your image if necessary. My design did not need to be since I didn’t have any words or images that needed to be the correct way when placed on the mouse pad.
3. Place your HTV on your cutting mat, if necessary, and click send to Silhouette.
4. Weed out the negative parts. For my design, I wanted the leaves to be rose gold.
5. Place your design flat on the mouse pad with the backing facing up. Place a thin piece of fabric over your HTV, and apply your iron to the design for about 30 – 45 seconds, checking to see if it adheres.
6. Once all areas have been heated, lift away the clear backing to reveal your new mouse pad.
How beautiful did this come out? It looks as though I purchased it from some fancy shmansy store 🙂
As I mentioned before, I’ve been using it for about a week now, and there has been absolutely no wear and tear.
So, for anyone who is in need of a desk makeover like myself, this is the perfect project to start that process!