how to make a desk protector, mouse pad, and coasters in under thirty minutes from repurposed materials
I needed a new mousepad. I looked and looked and was unable to find anything I liked within my budget. Most were tacky and cheap looking and the ones that looked nice all cost too much money. It was while looking at the images of the elegant grey felt pads that I decided to try to make something for myself and save the fifty dollars.
I figured out a way to make my mousepad, coasters, and Desk protectors from things I already had on hand. I will share exactly what I used and the steps I took to make this easy project. Dont feel that ypu have to do this the exact same way or with the exact materials that I used. There is a lot of flexibility for substitutions here.
ruler or measuring tape
wool Fabric: I used Pendleton blanket remnants. Any smooth Fabric could work nicely. This would be a great stashbuster for a quilter. I think fabric from an old t shirt would also be suitable. Just remember that a mousepad sees a lot of use and a dark fabric with a pattern will hide that much better than a light solid color
padded drawer liner; I used the kind that does not have any adhesive. It comes in a roll and is quite thick. This provided the cushioning for my mousepad. If you do not have this, you could substitute pieces from a yoga mat or even an old mousepad
non slip rug pad: I used pieces of a rug pad as the bottom layer for a couple of reasons. First, it prevents my desk pads from slipping around my desk. Secondly, with my fabric folded over the edges of the shelf liner, the center of my desk mat was too thin. the carpet pad evened out the height so that the center would be as tall as the edges were.
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How to make the desk protectors, mousepds, and coasters:
ALL THE ITEMS ARE MADE THE SAME WAY, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE CIMES FROM THE SIZE
Cut the padded drawer liners to the size you wanr your finished item to be
Cut your fabric so that it is about an inch longer on every side than your drawer liner (this is when a ruler may come in handy)
Cut the non slip carpet pad an inch smaller than the padded shelf liner piece
Use the spray adhesive to attach the three layers to each other
Fold the overhanging edges of the fabric over and attach to the backside of the drawer liner
the edges of the carpet pad should meet the fabric where it ends
Put your new mousepad, or desk blotter or coasters under something heavy (like between two big books) for a few hours. This will ensure that the glue will dry flat and that your finished item will be without wrinkles or air bubbles after it dries