Last week my sister brought over a stack of cake boards. Just looking at them, I knew they were the perfect size for a DIY mouse pad! This project is really easy and can make a great gift. Grab your favorite fabric and let's get to work!
Start by laying your cake board on the fabric (bad side up) and draw a circle, leaving a inch of space around the board. Cut out the circle. It doesn't have to be precise, as you're going to overlap the unfinished edges of the fabric around the cake board.
Evenly spread out the polyfill on the cake board. Batting also comes in thin layered-like sheets, which you could cut into a perfect circle. I'm just using this leftover batting from a previous design project. If you decide to use this type of polyfill, you're going to want to make sure it is spread out evenly on the cake board. Stretch it out so that it sits on the entire circle. Now make a sandwich. Turn it over so that the batting is situated between the fabric and the cake board. Make sure your fabric is flipped on the right side!! The unfinished side should be facing up!
Time to glue it down. Hot glue the edges down around the cake board. Pull tightly as you glue, so it's nice and firm when it's all done. This is where using a thinner fabric works perfectly. Bulkier fabric will make your mouse pad sit up and not lie flat on the table.
Once you've glued down the edges, cut any fringed ends or bulky fabric pieces at the back that will cause it not to lie flat. Next, lay the board on your felt and trace around the board. You'll want to make this line as close to the board as possible. I traced slightly under the board to make sure the felt circle is smaller than the board itself.
Cut out your felt circle as precise as you can. Then simply hot glue along the edge as you adhere it to the back of the cake board, covering the unfinished fabric.
On the back side it may appear slightly bulky, but it should be pretty thin. Finally, to add stability to the mouse pad, hot glue four dots on the back side. This will help it not slide around on your table as you use it. Make sure the glue full dries before using it!!
And you're all done! I hope you try this project! Also, don't be afraid to use funky fabrics and even make a special gift for someone! Happy DIY!