Daughter Emily loves elephants. When she was two, her paternal grandma gave to her a pink, long-sleeved, t-shirt with an appliqué of an elephant on it AND a big appliqué letter E! What’s not to love? Wonder why she loves both pink and elephants? When she became pregnant two years ago, before the sonogram let us know that Little Man (LM) was growing, I bought two yards of this Timeless Treasures Funky Elephant (Mod-C8127) fabric. I was getting ready for a new granddaughter. OK, wishful thinking on my part? I love LM to pieces and could not be more delighted with him, but I did still have two yards of “girly” elephant fabric. What to do? Em has her degree in Finance and, smart woman that she is, has developed a business which allows her to work from the comfort of her home most of the time. Items for her office, the perfect use for the fabric. Surrounded by both pink and elephants, happy world! A search on Pinterest lead me to the Fabric Mouse Pad Tutorial which was found on Gen X Quilters. It is advertised as a 10 Minute project which is right on. That is as long as you don’t have to stop to take pictures of each step, which I actually forgot to do a few times.
- 9″ x 7 1/2″ piece of fabric
- 9″ x 7 1/2″ piece of Heat n’ Bond (you need “glue” on both sides of the bonding material)
- 9″ x 7 1/2″ piece of thin cork – I bought a 18″ x 24″ roll at Joann’s which yields 8 mousepads.
- Leather sewing needle for sewing machine.
1. Cut out the fabric, Heat n’ Bond, and cork.
2. Using the directions on Heat n’ Bond, fuse the Heat n’ Bond onto the wrong side of the fabric. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of this step.)
3. Pull the paper off of the backside of the Heat n’ Bond, place the fabric-Heat n’ Bond piece on top of the cork. Follow the directions on the Heat n’ Bond to fuse it to the cork. This is what the three layers fused together looks like:
4. Using a rotary cutter, trim up all sides cutting away extra cork and/or fabric overhanging the sides. I have a beat-up, large blade I used.
5. Using a round object for a template, trace a rounded edge on each corner. Use a scissors to cut along the traced lines to get a nicely, rounded edge. Bad blogger, I forgot to take a picture.
6. Using the leather needle, sew an edging about 1/8th inch around the entire mousepad. I did not want to chance breaking a thin needle, so I used a leather needle.
7. Done! Sit back and admire your cleverness.