DIY Mouse Pad Wrist Rest – follow along with this easy sewing tutorial to learn how to DIY your very own mouse pad wrist rest.
Working from Home
Like a lot of you, I have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have also found myself using my laptop (instead of the desktop I have at work) a lot. And I use my mouse a lot!
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The only thing missing from my portable office setup was a wrist rest for my mouse pad.
Whether you’re working from home or your kids are practicing distance learning, we’re all giving our wrists more of a workout these days as we’re spending more and more time on our computers.
An Idea Was Born!
Of course, I looked on Amazon first for a mouse wrist rest and when I discovered they were $10-$20, I decided to DIY my own wrist rest. I have a really nice wrist rest at work that’s filled with some kind of beads. I didn’t have beads on hand at home, but I just so happen to have rice – a lot of rice actually!
And since I had been busy sewing face masks, I had plenty scraps of cotton fabric that would be perfect for my DIY Mouse Wrist Rest. I tried making them at different sizes (some bigger, some smaller) and the size I’m sharing with you today is my favorite.
DIY Mouse Wrist Rest
You can use this mouse wrist rest with or without an existing mouse pad. The laptop stands we ordered came with a mouse pad and these smaller sized wrist rests fit perfectly with my new stand, laptop and travel size mouse.
These DIY mouse wrist rests are easy to make (like 15 minutes easy) and you can use about any type of fabric. I used scraps of cotton for mine.
- fabric – two pieces cut 3-1/2”H x 5”W
- rotary cutter and cutting mat
- clear acrylic ruler
- wonder clips or pins
- rice (approximately ¾-1 cup)
- sewing machine
Below is a video showing how to make an easy to sew DIY Mouse Wrist Rest. Again, when you see how easy these are to make, you’ll be making them for everybody!
Step One: Cut Fabric
You will need two pieces of fabric cut 3-1/2″ H x 5″W.
Step Two: Sew Fabric
Lay your cut pieces of fabric right sides together and sew around using a 1/4″ seam, and making sure to leave an opening for turning and filling.
Clip corners and turn right side out. For best results, press fabric flat.
Step Three: Fill with Rice
Using a funnel, fill the pouch with rice. How much rice is up to you. I used about 3/4 cup rice. Keep in mind that you don’t want your wrist rest rock hard. There should be some give and play.
Step Four: Sew Closed
Now that you have your wrist rest filled with rice, you’ll need to sew the opening closed. To do so, simply pin the opening closed, making sure you have the seam allowance folded nicely inside. Then simply top stitch close to the edge of the fabric. I like to sew completely around the wrist rest as this offers an extra row of stitching.
Your DIY easy-to-sew mouse wrist rest is now ready to use!
See how quick that was! Seriously, you can whip these up in no time! And if you know someone who’s working from home right now or practicing distance learning, they just might appreciate a homemade wrist rest, too!
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