Take a look at your mousepad – does it look like it needs replaced? Before you go out and buy a new one, consider making your own! Today I am going to share with you a tutorial I found for making a DIY mousepad using cork board and fabric.
Emily at Modern Day Moms made the reversible mousepads featured above using cork board, fabric and Heat ‘n Bond. First of all, I have to admit that this is not really a “paper crafting” project like the other ones featured here at Scraplifters.com. However, you may find that you can use some of your scrapbooking tools to make them…
In fact, I plan to use my Cricut to make the template for the mousepad shape. I have the Embellished Edges cartridge, which I think has a lot of great cuts for this type of project. Now to just pick a shape (so many choices)!
I’m not sure if I want to use my machine to cut through corkboard (seems like it might be a little too messy), so I will probably just use it to make a paper template for that part and cut it manually using scissors. However, I know my Cricut can definitely slice through fabric that has Heat ‘n Bond applied to it, so there is a good chance I will use it to cut the fabric.
You can view Emily’s full tutorial at the link below. She does mention in her post that she picked up the cork board at Wal-Mart (four squares for five dollars). This project may end up costing a little more than the “plain jane” mousepads at the store (y’know, the black foam squares), but if you already have the fabric and Heat ‘n Bond on hand, they should be fairly inexpensive to make – and this probably goes without saying, but the DIY cork board mousepads look soooo much better!
SCRAPLIFTER SOURCE: Do It Yourself Cork Mousepad from Modern Day Moms