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Customizing a Mouse Pad

Customizing a Mouse Pad

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television

Introduction

Those typical industrial-gray mouse pads aren't very attractive, but you can easily enhance them with colorful images. Select pictures for your mouse pad from photographs, color copies, and clippings from magazines or newspapers, then choose a piece of fabric to serve as the background for your images.

materials

  • Photographs, color copies, and clippings

  • Fabric

  • Stitch Witchery (sheet-based fabric adhesive)

  • Peel-and-stick clear laminating plastic

  • Glue stick

  • Bone folder

  • Iron

  • Scissors

steps

  1. Begin by cutting out a piece of Stitch Witchery slightly bigger than your mouse pad. Place it on the pad, and lay your piece of fabric over both. Carefully iron the fabric down, which will activate the Stitch Witchery's adhesive and secure the pad to the fabric.

  2. With sharp scissors, trim the fabric neatly, cutting as close to the edge of the pad as you can. Using glue stick, glue your images as smooth as possible; your mouse will stumble over any bumps. When gluing pictures, leave a certain amount of the fabric exposed, especially around the edges, so that the protective laminate will have something to stick to.

  3. Finish your customized pad by delicately laying a sheet of peel-and-stick laminate across it, smoothing the laminate out with the bone folder to remove any air bubbles. Once you've trimmed the excess laminate, you can begin to use your new mouse pad immediately.

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