mouse pad D.I.Y + a giveaway

Do you still use a mouse pad ???

The other day while at the store I browsed through the electronics isle looking for a replacement. After years I realized my dirty mouse pad was in need of a replacement.  Now don’t get me wrong, a cute picture of a kitty melts my heart, just not on a mouse pad.

I knew there had to be a budget friendly way to make one.


  • 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Heat N Bond - Ultra Hold
  • Scissors / rotary cutter + pad
  • 1 sheet of thick foam .99 cents. There are 2 sizes, I used the thickest ( found at Michaels in the kids craft section)
  • Iron

Now I don’t iron very often, ok hardly ever.

I must say this Hamilton Beach Durathon Iron is AMAZING!!! When I first plugged it in and turned it on I was a little intimidated by the high tech electronic settings. And I love the retractable cord.

Make sure you have your iron preheated on cotton/Linen before you start.


Step 1: cut your 8.5×11 sheet of foam in half using your ruler and rotary cutter.  I tend to like a longer mouse pad rather then a circle.  Step 2: Once your pad piece is cut open your Heat N Bond and cut to size of pad.


Step 3: Iron your Heat N Bond to your pad. The bubble side should be touching the pad and your iron on the paper side. Once cooled peel back the paper.

Step 4: Choose a fabric, I know this is the hard part.

Step 5: Iron the fabric to the foam. Your fabric should be facing up.


STEP 6: Once your pad has cooled turn over trim using your rotary cutter.  This will give your pad a clean and finished look.


And there you go!!! How easy was that.

Total cost for this project is under $5. And no more dirty mouse pad on my desk.

AND, Hamilton Beach is giving away one of their Durathon irons to one lucky reader. To ENTER leave a comment and tell me what craft projects you need a new iron for. Giveaway ends on  Friday March 7th  * CLOSED* and winner will be announced!!!




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  • February 26, 2014 - 11:53 am

    Lauren Thompson - I’m starting to make some summer dresses for my little girl and would love this new iron to use! Mine is quite old and junky. :-)ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Nicole Kannenberg - I would use my iron to make more crayon/wax paper projects with my littles.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Emily - I have just started sewing and my iron is old and burnt. A new iron would definitely help out. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Jessica - I don’t use a mouse pad, but that is cute!
    I would use an iron for all my sewing projects-mostly hair bows and bow ties. My iron was a garage sale purchase and definitely not fancy.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Tonya S - A new iron would be great in helping finish some quilts up that have been sitting around for (ahem…) a couple of years.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Haley - Looks good. I totally forgot that people use mousepads. I would use the iron for my sewing projects. I’m not very good about pressing the things I work on… when I do, I just use a hair straightener.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    awbree - I need a new iron to keep in my new studio! We just moved and I now have a studio for sewing and crafting and I have been carrying everything into the house to iron…not ideal. I use it mostly for appliqué which I do on shirts for my biz. And other fun stuff :)ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Jody Carr - Starting a quilt for me, could really use a nice new iron to finish the pieces!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Tara - I too, am starting a quilt, and an iron would be nice!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Rebekah - I have a sewing project to do for my niece that I could totally use an iron for!!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    Katherine - Ohhh I’m desperate for a new iron. Mine is transferring stains to my beautiful fabric. I’m in the process of making 2 dog beds which a new iron would come in very handy for and I’m going to attempt my first quilt in the very near future.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    charissa - my little travel iron isn’t cutting it anymore for my craft, sewing & crochet projects!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Tiffany - I actually iron a few times a week for work tops. A new iron would rock! It’s always hard picking an iron. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    cinback - Ha! My iron is *ruined* from years and years of using it on crafts! Especially melting crayons between sheets of wax paper… :-)ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    rhonda - I want to make a teepee for my kids so it’d be useful for that!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 4:40 am

    Annie - My iron is simply old, having bought it back in my college days! I would actually use this one for DIY’s I would love to try, like your mouse pad!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Pattij - I’m in need of a new project, but am going to the sewing expo in Puyallup tomorrow and always come away with tons of ideas. A new iron would be fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 8:55 am

    kribss - What timing- so in need of a new iron! I heat and bond curtains, so much easier than pulling out the sewing machine!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Necole@seriouslysassymama - This is fun, and would be a great gift idea for some of my crafty friends.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Ashley - I will use this iron for my quilt, art, & sewing projects… Pretty much everything BUT ironing my clothes ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Kolbi - (I love everything you do!) I need a new iron so I can make baby shoes! I love giving them away as gifts.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Becky J - OOOH, my sweet girls and I all three are busy with projects using a very “on it’s last legs” iron from {ahem} college days long gone…my youngest daughter is sewing quilt patches used during the civil war period {she is 14}, my big girl {21} is recycling her spring outfits {picture the sleeves from one top now attached to a sleeveless dress} :) and I {old momma} am trying to freshen up my tired,old “ripping at the seams” couch pillows with some new tan linen covers…oooh yes, Ma’am, we could use a beautiful new iron!! Thanks for the giveaway and your darling craft ideas and inspiration..xoReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Lindsey - wow that iron is awesome!

    I would use it for sewing projects. I would like to attempt some baby blankets coming up and that would work perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    tiffany - what a great idea! i have a good iron, but would love a second one that i could leave in my sewing room… so my husband will stop accusing me of swiping his! :)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Christina - This is so cute and right up my alley as a crafty computer programmer. I want to make a set to swap out at work now. ^_^

    As for the iron, I have a set of bags for my 5 sisters-in-law that have iron on transfers calling their name. Maybe I’ll be able to get them done before the birthday’s start happening this year.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    Friday Favorites no. 018 // links from the week | {amelia} writes - […] fun + simple DIY mouse pad by Amanda […]ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    nicole i - oh, i need a good iron…i am working on quilts for my 2 kids!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - For the mouse pad, of course!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    camilla - What a darling mousepad! I would love a new iron for sewing projects.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Jessica Williams - Uhhh I iron all of my sewing projects! Maybe it’s my OCD. AND I am in the market (as in I NEED) a new iron like today!ReplyCancel

  • March 2, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    Erin - For a new mousepad, I just ripped out some pages from an old book and modpodged it on to my old mousepad. It looks really cute and adds a nice touch of sophistication to my desk! Not to mention that it’s SUPER easy. :)ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    katherine marie - your talent and creativity always BLOWS me away and leaves me smiling!!!!!!! LOVE!!!!ReplyCancel

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