I've pretty much had the same mouse pad for the past 5 years or so. It used to have The Starry Night printed on to it, which I loved at the time of purchase, but after so many years it was just not cutting it anymore. I originally tried to cover it up using Modge Podge and fabric, but it came out horribly stiff and splotchy (refer to picture one in the instructions!) I actually kept it like this for a few days, but it was driving me nuts. I decided to re-cover it using an upholstery type method. I absolutely love how it turned out!
Yay! I love my new shabby chic mouse pad! It really does brighten up my desk, and add a little personality.
-You do not have to put a bottom piece of fabric on if you do not want to. I chose to because the bottom of mine was very dirty. This does make it a tad bit slippery, so you may want to add a grippy sticker or two.
-If you have a mouse that works with a light in the bottom, avoid fabrics that have a color that match the light.