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Sew Your Own Mouse Pad Tutorial

It isn't often that you can find a project with fabric scraps and Mod Podge and come out with something useful. But, this project uses the strips from your fabric stash with a bit of shelving liner and Mod Podge. It's a great way to create a completely customized addition to your home office or workspace. They're also great for distance learning kids and want some fun flare to spice up their schooling area.

Bring Together Your Materials

  • Fabric of choice
  • Non-slip shelf liner
  • Mod Podge
  • Paper towels
  • Small sponge brush
  • Sewing machine

Get Started

These easy steps can have you with a usable mouse pad in about twenty minutes.

  1. Prewash your fabric and cut it to your desired size and shape.
  2. Cut the shelf liner with an extra inch around all sides of the fabric.
  3. Pin the fabric and shelf liner to a paper towel.
  4. Sit down at your sewing machine and sew your fabric, shelf liner, and paper towel together at a 1/4".
  5. Pull the paper towel away from your stitching. Be patient. It's not as easy as it seems.
  6. Cover the fabric with Mod Podge, only put down a thin layer.
  7. Weigh down the corners and let it dry.
  8. When the fabric is dry, apply another layer.
  9. Repeat for another layer.
  10. Trim the edges of any excess shelf liner.


In ten easy steps, you can whip up a mouse pad to brighten up your work area. The touchy element of this project is the Mod Podge. How thick your Mod Podge is will determine how long it takes to dry. The thinner the layer, the faster it will dry, and the faster it will dry. Considering you want three Mod Podge layers, it is advantageous to keep your layers as thin as possible.

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Now that everyone is working from home, or learning remotely, it is important to be comfortable in your workspace and enjoy your tools. Creating your own mouse pad is a great way to personalize your desk. If you make a mouse pad using our tutorial, be sure to tag us on Instagram! We love seeing your creations. If you are having trouble purchasing something on our website, please feel free to contact us.