A Quick Mothers Day Gift Idea – Embroidered Mouse Mat

Mothers Day is fast approaching, and if you are looking for a fantastic gift to stitch for a lucky lady in your life, then this mouse mat might be a perfect gift.

These days, everybody has a computer, or a tablet, and many of us use a mouse with our device as well.

A Mouse Mat is a product that sits on your desk, and allows your mouse to move over the surface of the mat easily, and without loosing traction.

Mouse mats are made of lesser density rubber composites (open cell styrene, butadiene rubber or open cell SBR) with fabric bonded to the upper surface.

I picked my mouse mat up at the local $2.00 store on the weekend, and I liked it because it has a rubber backing, and is actually quite thin. It is also a great size, at approximately 28x22cm.

Mouse mats have their own distinct properties, and there are a few things that we need to take into consideration as we embroider them.

Firstly, you don’t want to embroider over where the mouse will be moving. As you can see from my example, I have placed the embroidery at the bottom of the mouse mat, where my wrist will likely sit.  This will allow for the mouse to move freely around the mouse mat.  As a hint, keep any embroidery to the borders of the mat.

Slow it down. Because of the density and loft of the mouse mat, you will need to stitch on the lowest speed setting possible to enable the needle to freely move through the fabric.

Don’t try to hoop. The fabric of the mouse mat is not conducive to hooping, and if you were able to hoop, you would end up with a “hoop burn”, or hooping mark that would be very difficult to remove.  Instead, use either a sticky backed stabiliser, or double sided tape to secure the mouse mat in the hoop.

Keep It Simple Stitches. Don’t try and do an applique design for this particular project (as the area really isn’t large enough, and securing and trimming the fabric whilst not hooped can cause problems).  Instead, look for small simple designs to go around the edge of the mouse mat.

I have used designs from the Sew I Said collection, which is a collection of 40 different sewing tools and quotes. I love the way in this particular design that the thread unravels across the bottom of the mouse mat.  This particular design is a two colour design, and only tool about 15 minutes to stitch out.

As I finished this design, I was testing the mouse mat under my own mouse, and it is working so well that I am thinking I might need to go and get a few more mouse mats, as it looks really good on my desk, and makes the mouse move brilliantly.

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Excuse the mess, but you can see how nice the mouse looks on the desktop.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this quick project idea, and will have a go at stitching on a rubberised product yourself.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.

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