DIY: Recovering a Mouse Pad

mad mim recovering a mouse pad DIY

It’s amazing how long we can put up with a crappy mouse pad. It cracks, peels, stinks, fades, whatever—and it will still take us months (years)  to replace it. Why? Because let’s be honest: it’s never that big a deal, that bad, that inconvenient, that gross. It takes a lot for us to jump it to the top of our priority list. And besides, USUALLY there aren’t really cool ones staring us in the face at the checkout, and so the weeks pass and we just put up with our disgusting, old, almost non-functioning mouse pads. Get this: we recently became so desperate for a functioning mouse pad that we FINALLY put the old one to rest (in the trash), and instead of going out and buying a new pad like a normal person, my husband covered a large square of our desktop with PACKING TAPE. True story. And I put up with it!! For months! Perhaps the better part of a year!

Sheesh. I’m not proud of that.

But when I finally decided to touch-up the paint on our desk, the time came for me to do something about our embarrassing mouse pad sitch. I wanted a cool one, but didn’t want to spend any $$ on it, (they’re probably dirt cheap– I didn’t even check. I guess the DIY route is just how I roll).  I passed the office section in DI, and picked up two really gross old pads. So gross and so old that the old fabric was peeling up. Perfect.

I started where Dave at Novel left off, and peeled up the nasty old grey fabric.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Then I used the pad as my template to cut out the new fabric. Cool! My rotary cutter matches my fabric!

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Then I failed to take some pictures because I was madly trying to spread glue and press my fabric on before it dried. Don’t worry, it wasn’t as exciting as it sounds. I’ll tell you what you missed. I used some multi-purpose glue to slowly glue the fabric to the pad. I went about an inch at a time, squeezed some glue on the pad, smeared it evenly on the pad with my finger, and then smoothed the fabric over that area and so forth until it was nicely and evenly glued on. I then went around the edges with fray check, just to make sure it doesn’t acquire any stragglers.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Then I busted Bill out, and put him to good use pressing my fabric to pad while it dried completely. Hey come on Bill! You know I love you…

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Shoot! I forgot to wipe the glue off my fingers before it dried! Leprosy! And not the cool kind you intentionally created when you were a kid with Elmer’s.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

Ahh. That’s better. Now our mouse happily finds itself in an orange field of grey….old-school TV flowers.

mouse pad: recovering a mouse pad DIY project

8 Comments

Tasia

Cute! I agree, it’s something you never think about but your DIY version is adorable. And now you have something to smile about when you’re at the computer!

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the mither

How happy! Of course it will be YEARS before I need to spruce up my mouse pad, won’t it? The only thing cuter than your cheerful fabric is my pad with pix of your kids on i–thanks again!

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Laura

Great idea.I would probably not have thought to re-cover a mouse pad, and in fact, mine needs it, lol. However, just a note- I probably will use spray glue instead of the method you used. I have used spray glue to re-cover lamp shades and it works great.

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Ian Jones

Thanks for this- I’ll definitely be using some of your tips instead of investing in a new mouse mat! I have to agree with Tasia that a bright mouse mat really makes a difference to the look of your desk. And the value of an appealing work space should never be underestimated; no one feels motivated be productive is they are surrounded by old, drab furniture. I definitely feel more inclined to put in the hours if my office looks bright and appealing. I think Ill try using spray glue when I get round to sprucing up my mouse mat- I’ve found it very effective for other craft projects so I imagine it will work well here- thanks for the tip Laura!

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swing set

Impressive!! Great idea in recovering your old mouse pad. If there is a will, well there is a way. All you need to do really to be creative. Nice job!!

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Abbas

You are so creative. I’m going to try this too. You’re right about the fact that replacing worn out mouse pads are always right down there on the priority list! I hope mine can look as good as yours.

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