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DIY Reversible Mouse Pad

Hey there DIYers 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying your Easter holiday (keeping in mind its true meaning).

I’ve had my laptop or the past three years and not once owned a mouse. I’m one of those who use a touchpad for everything. After surviving two years of architecture school without a mouse, I decided enough was enough 😀 Having a mouse is cool, but having to pull a random book because its impossible to orbit is a tad annoying. To add salt to the injury, the mouse pads sold in stores are painfully plain and boring. So I decided to make my own.

*(This tutorial involves sewing; another option is using fabric glue)

What you’ll need:

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Pattern – Simply cut a circle from a piece of paper. Mine has a 9cm radius.

Pin the pattern onto the felt and cut two pieces. I picked blue and brown. You can stitch the two pieces together and there you have it, a reversible mouse pad! But… I wanted to take it a step further.

Place your pattern on the wrong side of the fabric, trace and cut it out including some seam allowance (enough to be folded back).

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We need a ring and a circle; so we’ll need three more concentric circles. Mine have 4.5cm, 5cm and 5.5cm radii.

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Cut out along the first circle and transfer the pattern onto the fabric. Then cut the second line and transfer again. Keep going until you have the three concentric circle on the fabric. Now you can trash the pattern.

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*A quick tip to find the centre of the circle for matching: Fold the circle in half then half again (a quarter circle). The tip is the centre of the circle.

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Cut along the middle line; you’ll have a ring and circle, both with seam allowances.

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Snip along all the seam allowances and fold towards the wrong side (snipping is to allow for folding of curved areas).

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Now decide which one goes where.

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Starting with the circle, pin it down and sew it onto the felt. Then pin the ring and sew the inner circle onto the other piece of felt.

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Now pin the two pieces of felt together, wrong sides facing each other, and sew the outer circle and clean up the edges.

There you have it 🙂

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How simple was that? Quite, that’s how 😀 I love it!

See you on the next one.

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4 thoughts on “DIY Reversible Mouse Pad

  1. Haha I read this blog and I get inspired to try DIY projects but I think of all those people who’ll loose jobs if I start doing things for myself then I decide not to..😅..lol…for them not for me..😅..but now on a serious note one day ill stop being lazy and actually do one of this projects!..😊
    Thanks for the share.

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