I decided to make a pouch for my newly bought wireless mouse, for travel purpose.
It's easy to make one!
- 3~4 pieces (A4 size)of Wool-fiber papers (for the skin & also prototypes)
- 1 piece (A4 size) of Rubber-form papers (cushions)
*My design may not fit to your kind of mouse, by shapes & sizes.
Step 1: Step 1: Design & Prototyping
- Draw out the design you desired. (but be realistic on the sizing)
- Measure & write down the lengths before the cutting.
The top piece should be a bit more wider than the bottom piece (usually 0.5 inch wider). In that way the top piece will have a 'curve' for easier mouse entry.
- Then, start cutting out the pieces & find the best ones for pouch sample.
*Always make them a little loose on the pouch sample. (Cos you'll have to add cushions into it later)
Step 2: Step 2: Cutting Out the Shapes
Once you have all the good sample pieces, it's time to start the REAL cuttings.
- Start cutting all the shapes nicely, according to the sizes of your sample pieces.
*Again, the shapes & sizes will differ from your own versions.
Step 3: Step 3: Gluing
- Glue the main cushion on the bottom piece.
- The small cushion piece (half moon shape) is glued on the bottom side (inning) of the top piece, (which mouse buttons locates when you put in the mouse "head-in-first".) I left 0.5 inch of space only for edge sewing.
Also, keep a good sample around you while making the finalized "builds", so you'll easy see how to apply the parts from the get go.
*In final version, I trimmed out the upper side of the bottom cushion piece for easier folding.
Step 4: Step 4: Sewing the Middle
- Following the design, place the 'holder' piece on the top piece (measuring 1 inch apart from the top)
- Sew the piece in place like the pic above, sew them a bit further away so that the extending bar from bottom piece can easily go through.
- Also, on the middle, cut a horizontal line, make sure it's wide enough for the extending bar.
Step 5: Step 5: Sewing the Grooves (optional)
Creating the shallow "grooves" not only is decorative, it also makes the pocket less "flat", thus more easier to slide the mouse in.
- Use a clip holder (like the pic above) to hold the 2 grooves in place.
- Use small sized needle with thin thread and bind each groove together.
Step 6: Step 6: Sew Around the Edge
The last step, is to sew the top & bottom pieces together.
- Trace the rounded edge lightly. The trace is the sewing line.
- When tracing, leave some space, that will make easier to hold & also provide some side protection.
- Important: Before sewing, make sure your wireless mouse is able to fits nicely inside the area.
- Finally, use a medium size thread and sew the edges from one side to another, like a "U" shape.
(I forgot to take a photo of this step, sorry.)
Step 7: DONE!
You got yourself a nice looking, functional and portable mouse pouch!
Although this might not be protective enough against dropping to the hard floor or knocking on hard surfaces, but it gives a good handling during take-outs, and gives the mouse a good scratch protection.
Thanks for reading! Make yourselves one!