If your mousepad is in need of a makeover like mine was, you’ve come to the right place! With some beginner level sewing you’ll have yourself a brand new mousepad in no time! Plus you could sew different covers for different holidays and themes!
I’ve had the same mousepad for quite a few years now. 6? 10? I’m not sure. On one hand I love my mousepad because it’s held up so well and still serves it’s purpose, on the other hand years ago when I got it I didn’t choose it for it’s design, it was just the best color of the ones they had. There have been at least a handful of online searches for a new mousepad but each time I couldn't bring myself to actually get a new one when this one was still doing it’s job. It doesn't have any rips or stains and the graphic hasn't even started to peel from the actual pad. Then it dawned on me, I just need to give it a makeover!
I liked the idea of a mousepad cover so that if it got dirty I could simply pop it off and wash it. It also sounds super fun to make a few holiday themed ones to help the work environment feel a little more festive!
So off to the local fabric store I went to run my hand over all the fabrics and patterns. I wanted to find a fabric that would be thick enough to hide the previous design and dark enough to last a long time without needing to wash it. As soon as I saw this fabric I was sold; the colors were great, it wasn't see through, and I liked how busy, but not busy, the pattern was. So I went for it and a few days later I got to work.
Making this mousepad cover is easy, so if you’re feeling nervous just go for it! It’s like making a small pillow case--which is a beginner sewing project, so really this is like a mini beginner project! All you’ll need to do is cut your fabric, sew two lines, fold and pin your hem then sew another line. You’ve got this!
- A mousepad, old or new
- Fabric, enough to fully cover your mousepad
- Matching thread
- A sewing machine, or you can do it by hand
- Soap, chalk, a pencil: something to mark your lines with
- An iron (optional if you don’t have one)
My mousepad is about 8 x 8.5 inches give or take so I used 1/4 of a yard of fabric.
First lay your fabric out right side up. Place your mousepad on top.
Fold the fabric over your mousepad so that it's fully covered, leaving more than an inch of good fabric for seam allowance (my fabric had some cuts along the white edge so I gave myself more room). Mark a line on your fabric where your mousepad ends.
Make a second line about an inch away from the first one. This extra fabric will be your finished hem and opening when you're done.
Cut along the second line.
I put the excess fabric away.
Next mark a line about half an inch away from the left and right sides your mousepad for seam allowance.
Cut along those lines, removing excess fabric.
Now you've got your fabric all cut down to the right size.
Mark another line about a quarter inch in from the left and right sides. This will be where you sew.
Pin your fabric in place on the left and right sides, ready for sewing. Pin along side the line your just made, not on top of it, as you will be sewing on top of it.
It might be hard to see but my pins are about a half inch in and my line is about a quarter inch in.
Sew along your left and right side lines, removing pins as you go.
The sides are all done!
Now place your mousepad on top and begin to fold and pin your top hem. Fold it over about a quarter inch then fold it over it's self another quarter inch.
You want your hem to sit just above your mousepad so that the surface stays flat, rather than the hem sitting on the mousepad.
Continue to do so all the way around.
This is one side.
And the other.
As you can see it's kind of like one big circle, or one straight line.
I ironed it at this point to help keep it folded when I remove the pins as I sew.
Now you just sew along the center of the hem, removing pins before you get to them.
And you're done! You have made yourself a lovely new mousepad cover!
Just turn it right side out and put your mousepad in! You might have to play with the corners before you put your mousepad in so that they lay nicely.
Success the mousepad fits!
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! It's such a fun way to brighten up your work space! I've been using it for the past few days and I love it! It doesn't slide around my desk at all and the mouse glides perfectly on top of it! I so enjoyed sewing again! It's been a while. I look forward to doing more sewing projects in the future! Do you guys like to sew? Has it been a while like it was for me? I hope you have a great weekend!