Make your own mouse pad for under $2! A great project to use up scrap fabric from your stash!
*Note* The fabric I used was a polyester-type and the edges did not fray. If you think your fabric will fray, Fray Check can be used or the edges of the fabric can be glued down to the sides of the mouse pad.
Here is how my desk look before I made this mouse pad. Sad, no? Don't let your desk top get like this!
First, take your craft foam and roll it out, then fold it over so it is a little wider than the width of the object you are tracing.
Place your object on top and trace with a pen or Sharpie marker.
Cut on the fold of your foam so that you'll have two layers.
Trace on the second layer of foam.
Cut out both shapes.
Go to a well ventilated area or outside and spray one side of ONE of the foam shapes and carefully align the other shape on top.
Both foam circles have already been stuck together in this photo.
Grab a heavy book to press and flatten the foam while it dries. Nursing textbooks work fabulously.
I knew I'd find a use for these after nursing school.
While waiting for these to dry, I lost track of time surfing the internet and eating organic poptarts. I would estimate about 30 mins to 1 hour. After it's dry, spray one side of the foam and put the scrap fabric on top.
Carefully smooth out any wrinkles or bumps with your hands.
Place your heavy book/object back on top and wait another 30 minutes to 1 hour to dry.
After it's finally dry, flip your fabric over so that the foam is showing and carefully trim away the fabric. Should look like this on the back side.
This is how the front looks.
Wow! That's it! I used some vintage fabric of unknown content. I believe it is polyester. The edges don't seem to fray so I did not glue them down on the sides.