I had been planning on giving my mom a homemade Christmas present, but I hadn't really gotten around to actually making it. However, since I am leaving on Thursday to visit my family, I figured today would be a good day to finally get it done! And that at least breaks the "lazy" trap for a while.
So today's project: DIY Office Accessories.
A wrist rest for the keyboard and the mouse, along with a matching mouse pad.
(don't mind that they are just sitting on my carpeted floor)
This was a totally easy project - it took less than 2 hours total. Although, I have recently begun sewing things more often, I am in no way excellent at sewing - luckily, this is going to my mom, and she has to like it whether its perfect or not!
What you need for the wrist rests:
* your choice of fabric - I started with 1 yard and cut from there; I had more than 1/2 yard left over.
* sewing machine and thread
* straight pins
* rice - I used Thai jasmine rice because the grocery store had a large bag of it on sale
The fabric I chose is a calming shade of blue, and has dogs on it with sayings like "bark" and arf." I picked this fabric because my mom really loves dogs, and I know she has pictures of both mine and her dog in her office. She will definitely appreciate my choice.
For the keyboard wrist rest I went with 18"x8". And for the mouse pad wrist rest I went with 8"x6.5". (At this point I also cut out the fabric for the mouse pad, and I went with 10"x10" because a square seemed like a good idea.)
I started with the wrist rest because it was the smallest one. Once I had the 8"x6.5" fabric cut out, I ironed it, then folded it in half (right side together), and pinned around the edges.
I then sewed around one short side and the long side that was pinned - there was no need to sew the folded side. On the long pinned edge, I did leave just under one inch open so that i could fold it down when finishing it up. Once I finished sewing it up, I then turned it right side out, just like you would when making a pillow.
I then sewed a top stitch along the three closed sides, just to make it a bit more interesting. I am terrible at sewing top stitches in a straight line, but no big deal. Then it was time to fill it up with the rice. I first attempted to do this by just picking up the rice with my bare hand - this meant rice went EVERYWHERE. So I got a ladle from my kitchen, and that seemed to help minimize the mess.
The next step was definitely the hardest - closing that thing up. It took a few tries - yes, I had to un-stitch it completely and try again. I could not sew it up using the sewing machine, so I resorted to hand stitching. I didn't do the best job, but it stays shut and the rice doesn't spill everywhere, so it works for me. The finished product:
I went through the exact same process with the keyboard wrist rest:
All that was left to do was create the mouse pad. Again, I started with a 10"x10" piece of fabric, and after ironing it, I laid it on top of shelf paper. I used the peel and stick kind, so I just peeled the backing off, and laid the fabric on top of it. The shelf paper was a little bit bigger so that the fabric would fit on it and I would be able to smooth it out.
I then sewed a seam all the way around it. I tried as hard as I could to make the stitch a straight line, but that didn't happen. Hey I did my best. Once I completed the simple sewing project, I coated the entire thing with 2 layers of modge podge. I used the matte kind - probably not the best for coating fabric, but it works. Once it was dry, I trimmed all the way around it, and I was finished!
All in all, it was a really simple project that can be completed in just 2 hours or less, and it can really make your office feel a bit more personalized. I know my mom will love it, and I am glad I could give her a homemade gift this year. :)
Now, I need to jump in the shower and get ready for a date night! Jasin and I are going out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We actually don't really have any specific plans, so who knows where we'll end up! Have a great night!