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How to Make a Mouse Pad

I believe that everyone, like me, is tired of those boring mouse pads without personality? We want some cool and personalized mouse pads to decorate our desktops and show our style! But we can’t find satisfactory designs on the market. Either the quality is poor or the price is too expensive. So I spent some time researching and referring to the sharing of well-known DIY blogger Killian, and finally successfully mastered how to make a high-quality mouse pad using simple materials.

Today, I will share with you the entire process of how to make a custom mouse pad. Just like Texas fried chicken steak, everyone has their own unique expectations and ideas for custom mouse pads. As a designer, I’ve always wanted to make a personalized mouse pad that I love Through my method, you can choose the fabric you like and combine it with moderately soft and hard fillings to make a mouse pad that looks stylish, feels soft, and has a long service life! I I guarantee that when your hand touches this mouse pad for the first time, you will have an unprecedented smooth experience! As long as you follow my guidance, anyone can make the mouse pad of their choice!

What materials do I need to make a mouse pad?

Before we start crafting, let’s gather the materials we’ll need. First up, pick out a fabric you love for the mousepad surface. I recommend cotton or linen fabrics – they have a soft, smooth handfeel. You can choose a cute printed fabric , or keep it simple with a solid color. This part’s up to you and what fits your style!

Which fabric is best for mouse pads?

But we should also note that not all natural fabrics are suitable. The surface of high-density denim is too rough, which will affect the flexible sliding of the mouse. The key is to choose light and thin natural fabrics with moderate density, such as Egyptian cotton, American short-staple cotton, etc. These fabrics are soft to the touch and have a smooth and delicate surface.

Then, you need to prepare some materials with moderate softness and hardness. After many experiments, I found that wool felt is currently the most ideal filling choice. It has just the right thickness and density to provide stable support without being too hard. If you can’ t find wool felt, you can also try using a sponge of similar softness or hardness or thicker spandex filling.

In addition, you also need to prepare rubber or foam: As the bottom of the mouse pad, there are also common handcrafting tools such as rulers, pencils, cutters, rulers, needles and threads. I know these little things often go missing, so remember to check them in advance.

After preparing the materials, we can officially start work! Follow my step-by-step instructions and start making your own exclusive mouse pad according to your own preferences!

Steps to make a mouse pad

The first step in making a mouse pad is cutting the fabric. I recommend using buttonless fabrics, such as cotton and linen blends, which are soft to the touch and easier for the mouse to glide on. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric according to the designed size of the mouse pad, leaving a 0.5-inch sewing allowance on the edge.

All three layers (fabric, foam, and non-slip padding) are then cut to the same size for assembly. Rounded edges for added comfort. When everything is finished, you apply an appropriate amount of glue on the back of the rectangular piece of fabric and stick the filling material flatly on it. The filling is preferably medium-hard sponge or wool felt, about 0.5 inches thick.

But the choice of fabric glue is very important to get a good bond while maintaining a soft feel. Based on our testing, we found that Original Tacky Glue works best, but if you feel like it takes too long to dry, I recommend you consider using Quick Dry Tacky Glue.

Apply a layer of glue to one side of the craft foam, smooth the fabric piece over it, and let it dry completely. This allows the fabric to adhere properly without wrinkling. Repeat this step to glue the non-slip mat to the other side of the foam.

Once glued, you can add decorative effects using materials such as lace, embroidery, fabric paint, or leave the mouse pad as is. Finally, trim any hanging fabric and your personalized cushion is ready to use

Add a wrist rest for the mouse

But many people like to add mouse wrist rest in the production process. At this time, we can buy some memory foam as a wrist rest. Let’s start by cutting the memory foam into the shape and size you want – make sure to leave enough room to properly use your mouse! Measure about 1-2 inches in height, round the corners and edges. Then, reserve 2-3 inches at one end for the wrist area. If you want to decorate it, choose a coordinating soft fabric with your mousepad and cut to fit before gluing to the foam.

Next, spread glue on the back or non-slip side of the mouse pad. Firmly adhere the memory foam, pressing down so it’s fully stuck. Voila! Your mousepad now has a built-in, cushiony wrist rest! Having this buffer support can help prevent wrist pains from prolonged computer use.

Finally, just trim off any excess edges with scissors and use rounded scissors to smooth the corners and clip any loose threads. That completes a DIY mousepad with a refined look, soft feel, and long service life.

Wasn’t that super easy? I gave detailed illustrated explanations for every step, with no single step taking more than 5 minutes. You can finish your own custom mousepad in just half an hour!

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