DIY wrist cushion for desktop mice

Wow, it’s been a little while since my last post. With all this quarantine business going on, you’d think I’d be around a little more! However, I had to move house recently, and once all that was done…. I had a CTS flare up. Yup, carpal tunnel is a pain in the behind. With no wrist cushion or anything to keep my hand comfortable, it was even tougher! And as an artist, it’s especially frustrating going over a week without any drawing. I’m lucky it was only a week, too!

I say “only” a week, but it’s the longest flare up I’ve had for now, and it seriously got me thinking about my future as an artist. During that period, I couldn’t write any posts, but I did do a lot of research into ways to manage CTS. As an artist and craftswoman, it’s absolutely essential I start caring for my hand early before it gets worse.

So to start with on that journey, wrist cushions! Yes, wrist cushions, perhaps the easiest way to change your desktop comfort. I like to set mine in a glove so it cushions my hand while I’m drawing, but you can just use it with a mouse if you prefer. As far as sewing projects go, a wrist cushion is as “beginner” as you’ll get.

As always, if you know someone who will benefit from a wrist cushion, pass this along! Or even make a few as a gift. There’s no better gift than comfort, after all. With so many people working from home, they’ll need this as part of their quarantine toolkit. By all means, share it to your friends and loved ones. And, feel free to show your wrist cushions with the hashtag #ConfoundedDIY! If you’re looking for more DIY projects to pass the time at home, then check out all my other tutorials in this tag right here.

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Wrist Cushion

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: ♥♡♡♡♡

A comfy wrist cushion to rest your wrist on while working at a computer.

Materials

  • Any kind of soft fabric
  • Cushion stuffing

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread

Instructions

tcc wrist cushion - tutorial

  1. Cut out a rectangle of fabric that is 10cm x 14cm.
  2. Hem the fabric. I find it easier to simply fold 0.5cm of fabric around the edges and sew them. This will keep the fabric from fraying, and also prevent any rough edges from scratching your wrist.
  3. Fold the fabric over,
  4. Begin to sew around the edge. Sew two of the open edges, and leave the third one.
  5. Stuff the cushion as much as you can!
  6. Finally, sew up the open edge of the cushion.

Notes

You can use handwoven fabric for this project. You will need to weave the exact size rectangle, but you won't need to hem it.

If you want to make a wrist cushion for your keyboard, then you will need to cut your fabric to 40cm x 14cm. Fold lengthways, and continue as you would with a mouse cushion.

If you want, you can skip hemming altogether. To do this, fold the fabric immediately after cutting, and sew as much as you can. Then, turn the cushion inside out, stuff it, and sew the hole closed. The steps in the tutorial are just how I made mine!

Finally, feel free to use a sewing machine! It is much, much faster if you do. I made mine with hand sewing, but there's nothing stopping you from brushing off the sewing machine and making a bunch of comfy cushions.

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