On account of my unexplained heavy handedness with the cursor control button on our laptop, OH had asked me to use a mouse when using it, in order to preserve the life of the keyboard as the button was starting to stick.
The mousemat, however, was beginning to look like it has seen better days.
The fabric on the top was peeling off at each corner and it was looking a touch scruffy. Yes, I could buy another one as they are very inexpensive, or I could try to glue the fabric back down, but it wasn't the most inspiring article and was actually a little grubby, so when I saw a recent DIY on Christine Kobzeff's YouTube channel, I decided to try to do something similar with my mousemat.
In Christine's DIY, she covers her mousemat with white faux leather and edges it with gold ribbon. As I had some white leather, that I have no idea what to do with, I thought that I might use that instead.
I cut around the existing mousemat on the reverse of the leather and cut it out, removed the original fabric cover from the mousemat, applied contact adhesive, stuck the leather piece down and then weighted it down with a heavy file until it dried. I then needed to trim around the edges, as the leather piece I'd cut out was slightly bigger than the actual mat and then add a bit more glue to the outer edges and it was done.
I wasn't too fussed about putting ribbon around the edge, as it sounded a bit fiddly, but I was pretty happy with the finished result, which cost a big fat zilch and made good use of something in my stash.
Not the most easy to keep clean colour I do realise, but I've got a bit of navy leather shoe dye I could use on it if it gets too grubby and it'd be a great way to use it up too should I need to.