DIY Cork & Fabric Mousepad

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sometimes i feel like i live by the philosphy: why does that have to be so boring? i don’t like to settle for the ‘norms’, so i end up doing things like painting this, making that, and covering all the things in fabric. it just makes me happy, and a mousepad is no exception!

i’ve made a fabric covered mousepad before, and though that one lasted a very long time, i think i’ve perfected the process! this time, instead of covering an existing mousepad, i’ve constructed my own – and it has turned out to better than any purchased mousepad i’ve ever had. it’s sleek, thin, stays in place and makes me happy to look at. :)

though this post has a ton of pictures, don’t let it fool you. it’s super simple and i made it using materials i already had in my sewing room. it only took about 15 minutes to make!

psst! i used everblooming willow from my new fabric line, cultivate for this project. it will start shipping in just a few weeks!

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here’s what you’ll need:

adhesive cork – also available at your local mart or craft store.
– 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric – i used everblooming willow from cultivate.
– a 10″ x 12″ piece of fusible webbing – my favorite is lite steam-a-seam 2.
8″ x 10″ matboard or backing board – you know, the think placed behind an art print when purchased or shipped to you.
fray check *optional
– other standard supplies: iron, scissors and pen.

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step 1: follow package directions for applying the fusible web to the wrong side of your fabric. generally, you’ll remove a piece of paper and iron the fusible sticky side down to the wrong side of the fabric.

keep the paper backing on, and cut a piece of fabric that’s exactly 8″x10″.

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step 2: remove the paper backing from your 8″x10″ piece of fabric you just cut, exposing the newly ‘sticky’ back to your fabric. carefully place the fabric on your backing board so it lines up with all the edges.

generally, your fabric will be tacky and re-positionable until you iron it. then, iron in place (again, refer to package instructions for heat duration), just be sure to NOT use steam, as this could make the backing board warp.

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step 3: next, cut an 8″x10″ piece of adhesive cork. this will be the ‘non-skid’ bottom to your mousepad. begin removing the paper backing to expose the sticky cork. line one edge up carefully with the bottom side of the backing board and peel away to keep things lined up perfectly (refer to the image above).

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step 4: take a look at all your edges and clean them up if you need to (a ruler and rotary cutter is helpful for this!).

to give it that ‘mousepad-y feel‘, you might want to round the edges. i grabbed a vase i had near by and placed it in each corner, traced around the curve, and cut the corners off using my pen line as a guide.

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step 5: optionally, if you’d like to ensure your edges stay nice and clean and never fray, you can run a thin line of fray check around them (i love this stuff!). be careful not to use too much, and let dry before you use your mousepad (about 15 minutes).

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now, you’re all done! see how thin and sleek it is? i love how it feels and my mouse glides over it perfectly.

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above and below is a glimpse of my workstation. i always keep a honeycomb mug home by computer and love sipping tea from my wingspan mug!

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also picture above:

share something every day by heidi ahmed
notebook by katie daisy
custom fabric painting by emily jeffords

i hope you enjoyed this lengthy yet easy tutorial! let me know if you make a mousepad yourself! xo

design challenge winner

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hi everyone! today i get to announce the winner for the design challenge i hosted for my skillshare class, intro to surface pattern design! i’ve spent the last 4 days pouring myself into the student’s projects (nearly 70 of them!) and have enjoyed viewing everyone’s work so much. let me tell you, it has been SO HARD to choose a winner! everyone did an outstanding job and i have been blown away at the final patterns!

without further ado…

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the winner is…. treasures by anna stout-tuckwiller! from the moment i saw her piece, i fell in love. the color palette is happy and bright (see two other color options on her project page), and the motifs are detailed and beautiful. i especially love the contrasted mixture of feminine details with the more harsh elements of nature (a skull!). i love how the way that anna has placed the motifs puts the entire pattern in motion and makes your eye dance around the page.

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anna also did a fabulous job of documenting her process as she designed this pattern. her sketches (above left) are detailed and perfected and then scanned in to work with digitally (above right).

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her motifs are then illustrated and colored (above left) and finally put into motion as a repeating pattern (above right). anna also has a beautiful spoonflower shop, where you can order this pattern on fabric, wallpaper and more!

for winning, anna will be receiving a whole big bundle of pretties, but of course, i couldn’t stop here! so many projects blew me away, i have to mention a few more. :) the next two patterns were close contenders and i will be giving each of these ladies a full year’s membership to the roost tribe!

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backyard beauty by sarah grace white was another pattern that blew me away. though she made over ten stunning patterns, i fell head over heels in love with the feather design above. it’s detailed, dainty and colorful and if it ever ends up on fabric, i’ll be making several projects from it!

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summer in a jar by andrea szabó-kirchmayer shows beautifully illustrated motifs of tomatoes, vines and leaves… and that jar! her hand lettering is stellar and i especially love her use of texture and movement with the elements. great job, andrea!

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and finally, a few more honorable mentions! these patterns were all close contenders for the ‘top three’ and i love them each so much. take some time to visit the project pages below for these patterns to see each student’s process, sketches and additional patterns and colorways.

by row:

1 – meandering by heidi herrera
2 – afternoon tea by halee holland
3 – springtime tulips by pippa shaw
4 – geo garden by josie mallette
5 – graphic conservatory by alexandra moran
6 – inside the hidden garden by amanda claire

ready to learn illustrator and start creating your OWN patterns? come join us for intro to surface pattern design!

and, if you’re up for a good challenge, be sure to check out the current design challenge for my follow course, surface pattern design 2.0. the deadline is may 15th!

happy birthday GHTR + a sale!

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guess what? today is going home to roost’s sixth birthday! oh, how the time has flown! so much has happened over the years and i’m full of gratitude for this space where we can share, learn and inspire each other. thank you for making the past six years amazing. here’s to the next 6!

to celebrate, i’m having a sale in my etsy shop! take 30% off now through easter sunday by using coupon code “SIXYEARS” during checkout.

speaking of, i hope everyone has a wonderful easter weekend! i’ll be reading the story of easter this weekend and hope that we all might experience a rebirth and renewal that courses through our hearts and minds, spilling over into our lives and our communities throughout the year!

love and light to you! xox, bonnie

april’s desktop + smartphone backgrounds

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hello, april! march was filled with beauty and warmth and i know april will bring the same! this month, i’ll be preparing for quilt market (may 15th-17th), finalizing a new portfolio for the first time in over 4 years (!!) and spending as much time outside as possible. i love spring! what will april bring for you?

to download april’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

pattern collection challenge for SPD 2.0

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hi everyone! i’m so happy to announce the design challenge my second skillshare class: surface pattern design 2.0! as usual, students aren’t required to participate, but i always think it’s fun to get involved and see what everyone’s creating. plus, the winner gets a one-on-one with me and a big bundle of pretties! the deadline isn’t until may 15th, so that gives everyone about 6 weeks to work on their project!

to participate: you’ll first need to enroll in the course. next, all you have to do to enter is upload your assignment as you work to the student project area!

challenge deadline: may 15th, 2015

challenge requirements: show each step of your work:

– overall pattern collection name
– a 1 paragraph collection story
– names for each pattern
– patterns applied to products
– final 6 piece pattern collection
*BONUS – pictures of your portfolio

the winner will be selected on the following criteria:

– how well they share their process
– how well they follow course instructions
– their final pattern’s style, color and scale

challenge prizes

– 45 minute personal one-on-one review and industry chat with me
– ten 1/2 yards of any fabric collection (your choice)
– lifetime membership to the roost tribe
– set of 6 art prints from course presentations
– work featured on going home to roost


i’m beyond excited to announce that spoonflower will be joining us for the challenge! in addition to the above prizes, the top 3 winners for the challenge will also receive a gift certificate to use at spoonflower to print their very own fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap ($100, $50 & $25 for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places).

the co-founder of spoonflower, stephen fraser, will also join me in choosing the top 3 winners. (!!)

this is an excellent opportunity to get your work seen in the industry and start seeing your own patterns on products

best of luck everyone! i can’t wait to see what you create! xx, bonnie

my stop on the ribbon blog tour + a giveaway!

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hey everyone! we’re right in the middle of the ribbon blog tour, and today is MY day to join the fun! i’m sharing two gifts with you today: a diva frame wallet from my mom, maxie makes and matching key fob from renaissance ribbons. they are made using my two favorite ribbons/fabrics: nesting blooms and flyaway petalums from winged (ribbons / fabric)!

psst: keep reading for a giveaway below!

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this has been the best wallet! it’s made from jessica vandenburgh’s diva frame wallet pattern and it’s got all the right storage in all the right places (here is the pattern and the frame). maxie simply stitched the ribbon to the front piece of fabric before sewing it together, and i love how it turned out. my matching key fob just put’s it over the top (these are easy to make with a little webbing and hardware)!

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as part of my stop on the tour, i’m so excited to partner with my mom to offer you a GIVEAWAY! one reader will receive everything they need to make their very own wallet!

enter to win:

  • the diva frame wallet pattern
  • metal frame
  • 1/2 yard nesting blooms ribbon
  • 2 fat quarters (flyaway petalums & nesting blooms)
  • 1/4 yard fusible interfacing
  • a matching 7″ zipper

we’re partnering again tomorrow over on maxie makes to offer a BIG GIVEAWAY for everything you’ll need to make our perfect whatever bag. that’s 5 yards of ribbon, 1.25 yards of fabric and a pair of matching handles!


enter to win: all materials needed to make the diva frame wallet (see above)

deadline: giveaway will end monday, april 6th at 12am, est. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment here sharing with us who you’d make this wallet for (yourself? a friend?).

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and maxie makes on facebook

>> follow @goinghometoroost and @maxiemakes on instagram

>> pin any givaway image on pinterest and include #goinghometoroost and #maxiemakes

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie  



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be sure to swing by kate’s blog to see her project from yesterday, and visit to maxie makes tomorrow for a tutorial and giveaway on the perfect whatever bag! see all the projects so far and follow along with the blog tour here.


march’s roost tribe recap

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hi everyone! today i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, it’s not too late! i’ll be sending out a recap on wednesday,  to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before wednesday, you’ll still get all of march’s content + april’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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A NEW 12 WEEK SERIES: 12 things that make my business thrive.
i’m really happy to have started a brand new series with the roost tribe. over the course of 12 weeks, i’ll be sharing the top 12 approaches i’ve taken to my business that have helped it thrive. some are hard fact business based, and some are inspirational, but they all have one thing in common: they have worked for me and have had a tremendous impact on my success and happiness as a creative.

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in this video tutorial, i’m sharing + explaining my top 10 favorite keyboard shortcuts in adobe illustrator. if shortcuts overwhelm you, or the amount of them gets confusing, start here!

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inspirational set of desktop + smart phone backgrounds: it doesn’t matter what others are doing. it matters what YOU are doing. that’s right! sometimes we all just need to put blinders on and do what we love. forget comparing yourself to others. the world needs YOU and what you’re doing right now. you’re unique, talented, special, clever and creative. run with it!

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a printable 8×10 print because i totally think you’re the bee’s knees!

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this month’s plant based recipe: my mom’s macaroni and cheese. one of my most favorite things on planet earth, and possibly the only thing i’ve ‘missed’ since i began eating a plant based diet. i’ve tried dozens of recipes over the years trying to get it ‘just right’, and all have failed. until this one.

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this bristle bunch pattern collection. you can print patterns, frame them, make cards from them, use them on your blog, social media sites, use them as wrapping paper, etc! 

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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foto rx – cure for the common capture!

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i have a confession to make: photoshop scares me! though i consider myself a nearly-pro in adobe illustrator, i have never taken the time to learn photoshop. i always feel like i’m stumbling around in the dark when i try to work in it!

well, i’ve recently fallen in love with foto rx – and it isn’t just a cure for the common capture – it’s also a cure for the photoshop-phobe!

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foto rx was created by tristan & michelle from one of my favorite blogs, besotted, and they has completely nailed this set of photoshop actions. most photo issues can be cured with just once click of a button! these sets are smart and made for the shopkeeper and blogger in mind. oh, and did i mention how easy they are to use? i had never used an action before, but after reading their quick and easy start up guide, and watching a few of their youtube tutorials, i was blown away at how easy they are!

another thing i LOVE is that they’ve added tips and directions within photoshop that pop up right when you need them. yes!

i have both sets: shopkeeper’s helper and cure for the common capture. i love using them both together, but if you need to choose between the sets, here’s some more info about them:

cure for the common capture: this set includes 29 photoshop actions for one click editing goodness + complete (and easy) editing control. it’s perfect for correcting color issues, filling in light and bringing life to your photos.

shopkeeper’s helper: this set includes 43 premium photoshop actions for one click editing goodness + complete (and easy) editing control PLUS 19 etsy + social media templates in an action set, sized and ready for your artwork! it’s perfect for photography products on a creamy or white background, adding sparkle to jewelry and taking your iphone photos from ‘gah’ to ‘aha’!

here are a few more of my before and afters for you to see!

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