Wednesday, 30 April 2008

So quick it's Scary!

I'm doing two jobs at the moment - working notice for the old one, and also the new one in the cookshop, so I haven't much time for sewing which could turn into a problem because it's my neice's birthday on Sunday and so far, I have only managed to stitch one seam on her new dress - the shoulder seam which is all of 2 inches long ... I'm sure I'll get round to it, but in the meantime, also on my backlog list was this mousemat project promised to Mr MK a few weeks ago and inspired by a plain round mousemat which I picked up for 34p at Ikea - wish i'd got some more now! So here's what I did with it, it's as easy as 1,2,3 ...


Plain mousemat with fabric topping (ie: not plastic or rubber)
Some Bondaweb (double sided interfacing)
Fabric of your choice
Tailors Chalk

1. Cut Bondaweb a little larger than your mousemat, and iron on to the top of the mousemat, using a cool iron. You might want to test a scrap peice of bondaweb on a scrap peice of fabric to see how low the iron can be to make the bonding melt. The overhang can be cut off later. Leave to one side to cool before peeling off the backing paper.

2. Meanwhile, cut your peice of fabric using the mousemat as a template, and tailors chalk. If the design needs to be centered, you will be able to adjust accordingly. Cut your fabric out - it doesn't matter if it's a little too big for your mousemat, but you don't want it to be too small!

3. Peel the paper off the bondaweb, place your fabric over the top making sure it's exactly where you want it to be, then iron on. Trim the edges with some sharp scisors when done, and hey presto! a funky personalised mousemat! I sprayed mine with silicone spray for glide factor, but I don't think this is essential.


Lesley said...

I can't believe you're doing two jobs!! I'm doing one and getting nothing done!

Your niece's dress is going to be gorgeous and I'm sure you'll get it done in plenty of time :)

Great mousemat idea....slightly scary fabric!!!


dottycookie said...

You mean three jobs - doesn't being a mum count too? (I hope it does or very soon I will be classed as idle and unemployed!)

Your mousemat is brilliant!

Ursula said...

What a brilliant idea, another thing to add to my stocking filler list!

Anonymous said...

That material is fantastic!! Love it! xx

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Ohh! That's really cool! Now I just have to find some double-sided interfacing, I haven't found any over here yet.... wierd hey.

Marmadaisy said...

Blogger ate my comment again! I love Alexander Henry fabric, it looks fab as anything.