Make a Mousepad

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Introduction: Make a Mousepad

About: Hi. I'm Ellen, PhD student by day and sewer/crafter/maker by night. I believe anyone can be a maker, so I post videos on YouTube about what I make and how I make it to offer some help. I believe that if you m…

While a mousepad isn't really necessary anymore, I get really annoyed by the sound of a mouse sliding over a desk. So I decided to make my own mousepad to get rid of that sound. It's a quick project that doesn't require a lot of materials and tools, and allows you to make a mousepad in any size, shape and colour you want.

What you'll need:

- non-slip mat

- thin craft foam

- smooth, non-stretch fabric

- all-purpose glue

- scissors

Step 1: Get Your Layers Ready

After some experimenting, I ended up with a three layer design. First a layer of non-slip material. Then a layer of thin craft foam. And finally a piece of smooth, non-stretch fabric with the colour or design you want. Cut them all to roughly the same size.

Step 2: Glue Test

Now the layers need to be glued together in a nice mousepad sandwich. It's a bit of a strange mix of materials, and I want it to still feel soft and smooth afterwards, so I wasn't sure what glue would work best.

I set up a little mousepad glue battle with some scraps and the glues I had on hand: all-purpose glue, craft glue and fabric glue.

The fabric glue seeped through the thin fabric and left a visible white residue. The craft glue looked good, but was quite hard to the touch. The all-purpose glue both looked good and had a nice feel to it, so that's what I continued with.

Step 3: Assemble the Layers

To make the mousepad, I spread a layer of glue on one side of the craft foam. I placed the fabric on top, smoothing out any wrinkles and bubbles. The glue sinks into the fabric, so I let this dry before moving on.

I then repeated the glue process on the other side of the craft foam, adding the non-slip mat.

Step 4: Cut to Size

After this all dried, I drew out the shape I wanted for the mousepad and cut it out.
Finally I gave the non-slip mat a bit of a trim, since it was peaking out the sides a bit. I also decided to make the edge black with a permanent marker.

That's all there's to it. It's quick and simple, and you can make mousepads in any shape, size and colour that you want. I'm very happy with mine and already know I'll get a lot of use out of it.

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    6 Discussions

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    stunningmesh
    stunningmesh

    7 months ago

    That is quite amazing, marvelous job.

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    MattW110
    MattW110

    7 months ago

    I agree with JayneC23's comment with regards to glue. So many choices!

    To
    help, I searched for the UHU Twist and Glue product. In brief, it
    appears to be a variant of white glue, similar to Elmer's Clear Liquid
    School Glue.

    Here's a link to the UHU product page:
    https://www.uhu.com/en/product-page/all-purpose-adhesive-twist-glue/5269

    There's a technical document on the UHU page with the following information:

    Field of application
    Universal - glues cardboard, paper, felt, leather, cork, fabrics, wood, among
    themselves and to metal, porcelain, glass, Styrofoam® and many plastic
    materials. Not suitable for photos, Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP).

    Properties
    unique twist-applicator for glueing dots, lines and surfaces
    soft and handy plastic bottle
    crystal-clear
    fast drying
    washes out at 60°C
    refillable

    Technical specifications
    Appearance: clear, colourless liquid
    Chemical base: polyvinylester copolymer
    Consistency: Low viscosity
    Viscosity: approx. 10-18 mPa.s.
    Solvent: Alcohol and ketone
    Solid matter: approx. 34 %
    Density: approx. 0,93-0,96 g/cm³

    Searching
    on the glue's polyvinylester copolymer base, I found this explanatory
    page: https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-polyvinyl-acetate-adhesive.htm

    This
    page basically states that polyvinyl acetate (PVA) glues are white or
    yellow glue. Elmer's School Glue is a PVA white glue. However, this
    craft calls for the clear variant so it doesn't change the fabric color
    when it soaks in.

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    JayneC23
    JayneC23

    2 years ago

    Thanks for the Instructable, though it'd be helpful to include a bit more info about the kind of glue you'd used. In the vast world of adhesives there're many different types... and for the most part, all glues fall into one of several different categories/types of adhesives, depending on their formulation or the main ingredient(s) they're made of... as well as other key characteristics.

    And "All-Purpose" is a fairly vague, generic description... a denomination given to products by manufacturers mostly for marketing reasons. But it doesn't say much about the kind of glue/adhesive it is or what it's main make-up is. So one manufacturer/brand's "All-Purpose" glue product can be quite different in formulation, consistency, performance, etc. than what another manufacturer/brand might tout as their "All-Purpose" adhesive, even though both are made and marketed for general household use.


    Considering you'd included the sample tests you'd done with different glues to point out the varying differences of each after they'd dried and cured, and how the aesthetic or tactile qualities of the fabric can be affected as a result and would, therefore, also affect the end result of the finished project... and when pertaining to adhesives that might not be commonly recognized or readily available in other countries, or when labelled in a different language, it'd be especially helpful to include a little more info about the type of glue you'd used since it seemed to work out well for you (and because this is an Instructable, after all). :)

    It'd help so others wouldn't necessarily have to go through the same process of trial and error as you had... or so those who don't already have a variety of glues to try out would have a better idea of what to look for or buy (and hopefully not end up with a hard or wrinkly mouse pad, or whatever could be the case!)

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    John Made it
    John Made it

    2 years ago on Step 4

    nice work. well thought out and explained :)

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    2 years ago

    This is great! I've been meaning to buy a cheap one for ages, but I'll have to do this instead. :)