Last week I told you about the book Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule and gave you instructions for the Rag Bag. So, keeping with this woman's fabulous sewing projects, I give you another that I think we can all use: The Mouse Pad! Most everyone these days has a computer, whether a desk top or lap top, and the mouse can be used for both! In fact, I know many people who have lap tops, yet prefer to use a mouse for easier maneuvering around this essential piece of technology.
Unfortunately, if you are trying to make your home pretty, soft and homey, a computer sort of ruins it. They are clunky, have sharp lines and just their being in a room can make you feel as though you have a ton of things to do. Perhaps the computer is a huge part of your job - like mine - and you spend hours upon hours staring into it. Don't you want something with a little softness to ease your cluttered mind? Make yourself a pretty mouse pad and just may feel instantly better!
The Mouse Pad
Soule believes that you should use what you've already got in your home and I could not agree more! So, grab any type of fabric for this project: quilting, cotton, linen, duck, and even cotton upholstery-weight fabrics are perfect. You will want to use a contrasting fabric along the bottom edge of the pad, so choose a favorite piece that you will really enjoy!
Approximately 1/4 yard total, as follows:
Fabric 1: (1) 9" x 9" piece of fabric for the back
Fabric 2: (1) 9" x 6 1/2" piece of fabric for the front
Fabric 3: (1) 9" x 3 1/2" piece of contrasting fabric for the front strip
Heavyweight fusible interfacing: (2) 9" x 9"
How to make it:
- Gather all materials and cut all fabrics to the measurements above.
- Lay the two front fabric pieces right sides together, matching up their 9" edges. Stitch. Press the seam open.
- Following the manufacturer's instructions, adhere the interfacing to the wrong side of the front piece that you just created. Then adhere a second piece to the wrong side of the back fabric piece.
- Square up these two pieces, wrong sides together and trim away excess. Use a tight zigzag stitch around all four sides close to the edge. Trim as needed, being careful to avoid cutting the stitches.
Finished size will be 9" x 9". Enjoy surfing the web in peace!