February 13 ~ FQ Project of the Day

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Mouse Pad
Mouse Pad by Tory, Funky & Delightful

Tory has a tutorial for these and says it’s a “quick craft.” All you need is some of your favorite fabric, fusible web and cork to make a custom mouse pad.

Other mouse pads we love. For related tutorials try here and here (via twelve22.org).

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102 Responses to February 13 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. Kara says:

    This is fabulous! I am in desperate need of a mouse pad at work and never remember to purchase one. I’m glad I found this tutorial so I can now make my own!

  2. towhee says:

    i love this idea. sweet!

  3. Donna Ehle says:

    What a great idea and I had to check out the tutorial to see what is used – CORK – really! GREAT!

  4. tara says:

    Holy Dinah! I need a new mouse pad and this is something i could easily make. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Stacy says:

    I was just telling Hubby that we needed a new mouse pad. I’ll definately have to try this one!

  6. Beth G. says:

    Love the cork mousepad! I think I need to make a couple to coordinate with my office! What fun!

  7. katrin says:

    I’ve made a quilted mouse pad a year ago (see it here if you like: http://sew-mad.blogspot.com/2007/11/something-useful.html) but I really like the idea of having a round one. Very pretty!
    And you never can have enough of them… one at home and one when you travel…

  8. Kristen says:

    I LOVE this idea! So functional, and I hate the boring and/or ugly mousepads I usually use. I want one for home, one for the office, maybe even a small one to move room to room with me… So versatile! And I think it would be a great gift idea for coworkers – not too personal, work-related, but still handmade and fun. Yay!

  9. Beth says:

    Oh, that would be lovely! My mousepad needs a makeover.

  10. Len says:

    Never thought of this- off to make one

  11. Tammy :) says:

    I really want one of these!

  12. Kaye says:

    I love this idea. This month has been wonderful. Every day there are new projects to try.

  13. Bianca Tovar says:

    I’ve also seen cork offered in office supplies stores cheaply in the form of cork tiles that one is supposed to be able to stick to their wall to form a custom Cork Message Board type thing, but that actually never worked out for us. The best adhesive we found stuck to the wall but not the cork. I think it was because the cork was rather thick. This is a really great idea, but I wonder if the fabric would begin to fray in a few months? I’ve never used fusible web, so if it really prevents that, I’m excited to use it. 🙂

  14. Kate M. says:

    My desk at work needs a new sunny, happy mouse pad.

  15. Lavina says:

    Great Idea.

  16. Shelley C says:

    My mouse pad is soooo tired looking! Although it has a Bible verse and I hate covering it or replacing it, it may be time with these neato tutes. Thanks!

  17. Jenny says:

    This is an awesome project. I think we might make one with our 4H group!

  18. Emily says:

    OK, This is genius. My mousepad just bit the dust and I’m always desperate to find one that goes with my pink desk. Lucky for me, I also have a stack of those cork trivets from IKEA! Woohoo!

  19. Mirza Marim says:

    Love the mouse pad idea!!! What a great quick gift for that will useful to so many people!

  20. lynn whelan says:

    I love making things from fat quarters!!!

  21. all8 says:

    What a great idea! Especially as teacher gifts. Do you think that you could fuse paper too, something like a map? I always come home with blue fabric, so of course, I wouldn’t mind adding to my stash.

  22. adrienne says:

    Wow, this makes the folded piece of fabric we use for a mouse pad look quite shabby. Guess I’ll have to transform it. =]

  23. Bloom says:

    What a wonderful idea! Thank you.

  24. Sharon says:


  25. Shannon says:

    Such a great idea! You mean, you don’t have to use the ratty old mouse pads that just seem to appear from nowhere, and usually advertise something? I could actually LIKE my mousepad? Since I seem to spend an insane amount of time at my computer, this could really bring some easy beauty to my desk!

  26. Toni says:

    Cute idea, where do you find cork?

  27. Libby says:

    I love this idea. Will definitely make a customized one.

  28. Suzi says:

    Someone else commented on this as being good for gifts. Most definitely. You could even make these for kids using fabric of their favorite characters.

  29. Debra says:

    Great way to keep my favorite fabric out for display. Love this.

  30. Angel S. says:

    Great idea! I am going to hit the $ store and find some cork and get to ironing!

  31. Casey says:

    awesome! I’m going to make one of these

  32. Kathy says:

    that is awesome! I can’t wait to try it. I didn’t know you could fuse on to cork-cool:)

  33. Ramona says:

    I think I found my project for the teachers I work with. They all have computers and how fun to have a cute mousepad. I’m going to make these for next Christmas. I’ve been looking and looking for a project that they’d all love. Thanks!!

  34. Veronica says:

    Wow personalised mouse pads! I love it!!

  35. Keri Ronk says:

    Thats a great idea! I can’t wait to make one! These will make cute stocking stuffers for the my siblings next year!

  36. Karen says:

    What a great idea! Much nicer than a regular mouse mat : )

  37. Suzanne says:

    I love how simple this is with a gorgeous result. I can’t wait to make these as gifts!

  38. jodie says:


  39. Sandy says:

    I’ll definitelly change mine this weekend for this cute and girly version!! And it’s so clever too! Thanks for the tutorial !

  40. Tina says:

    Super cute!..one more thing to add to my “want to make” list.

  41. Danielle D says:

    This would be great for some college students I know! And much better than the boring black ones–or the cartoon character ones. I haven’t seen any with the mod, funky designs I could make with fabric.

  42. Tory says:

    Thanks for all the mouse pad love everyone! For those looking for cork, I used cork placemats from IKEA! I picked up a package of 6 for about $2 with no idea what I’d use them for. They eventually became mousepads. I’ve also see cork at Target near the office supplies.

    Happy Crafting everyone!

  43. LucienneS says:

    funny– the idea of a mouse pad– my desk is way too messy for such things.

  44. Helena says:

    That is such a great idea to brighten a desk.

  45. Heather B says:

    Sooo much cuter than what I use! Thanks for the tutorial.

  46. Joy says:

    I have a blue loving friend. i will share with her if I win.

  47. Emily says:

    So cute! I now have so many amazing project ideas from this month’s Fat Quarter projects!! I’m so excited to get sewing again.

  48. Katie says:

    that fabric is GORGEOUS!

  49. Kim says:

    That is a very cool idea…and something I could actually finish during the kids’ nap!

  50. tara boos says:

    Great idea! I love fat quarter month and can’t wait to do some swappin!

  51. Pam says:

    What a great idea!

  52. Yetta says:

    I have always wanted to try a mouse pad. This makes it sound so easy. I think I really really have to try it now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  53. amy says:

    This is way cute! I’ve been wonderinf how to do this! Thanks!

  54. jackie says:


  55. Emily S says:

    never ever would of thought to make one of these! Thats why i love you guys 🙂

  56. jackie bonette says:

    i love the idea of using cork…must try that. i made this one by just covering a mousepad with adhesive fabric that is actually a scrapbooking product.

  57. jen w says:

    how wonderful…i totally have cork i need to do something with, awesome!

  58. KaeleyAnne says:

    I could use a new mouse pad – I now have another project to add to my list!

  59. Audrey says:

    I love this idea! I need some message boards made like this too!

  60. April says:

    I am moving into a new office I think I may give this a try. Thanks for the tip!!!

  61. Toby says:

    I’ve been seeing homemade pads…so glad to know how now!

  62. aSprinkling says:

    That sure would beat the Star Wars Episode I mouse pad that my husband currently has sitting at our computer!

  63. Kiki says:

    I’ve been wanting to make my own mousepad for awhile now but wasn’t sure how to go about doing it. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  64. Aileen says:

    What a great idea. I love this series…so doable!

  65. Sara says:

    I LOVE this tute! I am making one today! And for Christmas and Dad’s birthday and brother’s birthday…

  66. Miss M. says:

    Neat idea. Definitely simple but LOADS of versatility. Would make nice gifts. 🙂

  67. julia says:

    of course! what a great way to use and keep a favorite fat quarter!

  68. alisha says:

    How cute! I’m always looking for handmade gifts for men and this would be a great addition to my list. But probably not in the pretty pink fabric you’ve used. 🙂

  69. Karin says:

    How fortuitous! I have everything I need to make a new mouse pad, including the reason to make one- ours fell apart last week and we have been using the back of a calendar! Off to the craft room for me. 🙂
    Oh, and I love blue.

  70. Harley says:

    I would have never thought to use cork underneath! That’s just too cute, and too clever!

  71. Deb says:

    I have never seen a mouse pad pattern before. What a great idea!

  72. Renea says:

    Cute doll quilt and love your idea for a mouse pad!

  73. Sara says:

    So many great ideas!

  74. Loralynn says:

    What a great idea! I’m going to fuse material to the existing (ugly) mouse pad I have! Thanks for the idea!

  75. daniela says:

    i’m almost a bit sorry i don’t need a mouse pad anymore…

  76. Christine Bolin says:

    Wouldn’t be cool to have one for every holiday? Great tutorials from all. Early Christmas presents for all.

  77. Sara says:

    Once again I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open … I would never have thought of that…

  78. Clara says:

    What a great idea. I miss having a cute mousepad.

  79. Tarmy says:

    Cool! This would be nicer than the one that came with my PC and it could count toward craftiness!

  80. Kandilion says:

    I foresee into the future that cork craft squares covered in my favorite fabrics will be decorating the walls of my tiny sewing room, just the perfect place to hang inspirations and photos!

  81. Kelli says:

    a perfect idea for my family office that is being turned into my own private “studio”! This will definitely go on the list to make once we start making progress on the room being all mine!

  82. maryanne says:

    Awesome – I never would have thought to do this!

  83. Michele says:

    Fabulous idea!

  84. Amber says:

    I need a new mouse pad – what a perfect idea!

  85. Oh my goodness. I need to make one of these pronto.

  86. Ashley says:

    Oh man, this looks AWESOME. Can’t wait to try it.

  87. HeatherC says:

    Just love this! I will be making some of these soon!

  88. lesley says:

    cute! i definitely need to spruce ours up.
    i’ve always loved all the work on shim + sons, she makes some beautiful mouse pads.
    maybe i’ll have to get on this this weekend!

  89. Allie says:

    Thanks! Such a great idea!

  90. Amy says:

    This is such a great idea – I can’t wait to try it!

  91. Anya T. says:

    Looks great. Thanks.

  92. MamaBee says:

    Ooh, I may just have to do this!

  93. Shellyfish says:

    Now this is a first-rate idea! We have this nasty, boring mouse pad and I just hate it…I just need to find me some cork!

  94. Megan says:

    Oooh, very pretty. Thanks!

  95. Sherri S. says:

    I love this! I have some geeky ones from various conferences, etc., but no cute ones! Have to get on it!

  96. Heidi says:

    This is the best! I was always wondering if I could make a mouse pad, since my boyfriend’s is falling apart. Thanks for the tutorials!!

  97. Lorajean says:

    I think everybody is getting a mouse pad next xmas!!

  98. Java Jane says:

    So much inspiration…so little time.

    Finally finished the bathmat for which you provided a tutorial in November. But what to do next??

  99. Anna says:

    What a fun, original idea! We’re using an old hardcover book for our mouse pad right now – this would be a much nicer option.

  100. JaneR says:

    I love this idea! This is definitely not your grandmother’s (or your husband’s or your children’s) mousepad! Thanks for the tutorial link.

  101. Shannon says:

    Mine needs a big makeover!! Thanks for the idea!!

  102. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    I have never thought about making my own mousepad, now, where do you find cork?

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