Organization is key to successful dorm life, so a handmade dorm organizer is a treasure your grad will love as they decorate their personal space! “A place for everything and everything in its place” plus a few tricks make even the smallest space feel larger. These handy helpers are fun to make, great to give and a wonderful way to send your love off to the dorm!
Bedside Pockets Organizer
Let’s start with the bed – always a catch-all spot that needs a handmade dorm organizer. The pocketed organizer designed by Caroline of the Sew Can She blog is a great solution for storing all those little things needed bedside! The 10” tall pockets are reinforced by a wonderful stabilizer to help them keep their shape. Along with pockets for tissues, bedtime snacks and a water bottle, include one for a sleep mask and ear plugs. Dorms can be noisy and bright! Caroline’s instructions are full of terrific tips like her clever non-slip method for holding this organizer under the mattress! Click here for the Bedside Pockets tutorial.
Dorm Room Memory Pillow
Melissa of the Polkadot Chair blog, shares a wonderful dorm project on Bernina’s We All Sew blog. For a grad who’s missing home, it’s the perfect gift! Follow her instructions for printing a favorite family, friends or pet image on fabric, then assemble the pillow top. Melissa completes the love-filled pillow with easy-to-do machine quilting. To turn the pillow into a handmade dorm organizer, add a backside pocket! Cut an extra piece of fabric for the back that will be just right for your grad’s nighttime reading, whether it’s a book or tablet. Click here for the Memory Pillow tutorial.
Pocket Door Organizer
This handmade dorm organizer is so helpful, you may need to make more than one! Easy to re-size for a wall, Elise designed this great Pocket Door helper for the Fabric.com blog. To make a super special gift, vary the pocket sizes for your grad’s needs. You can also include a few personalized supplies in the pockets. A handy sewing kit with basic colors of Coats and Clark Button & Craft Thread, needles, buttons and sharp little scissors is, of course, a must! You may also want to include a first-aid kit for emergencies, pain relief medication, a few essential oils for atmosphere and a few more snacks as thoughtful bonuses. Click here for the Pocket Door Organizer tutorial.
Dorm Room Fabric Organizers
And then there’s all the rest of it! Papers, textbooks, pencils, markers, binders and more will find ready homes in the Fabric Organizers shared by Ellen on the Sew News Magazine blog. Coordinate a set of these helpful, colorful bins with the rest of your handmade dorm organizer set to complete the helpful, homey décor. When not filled with essentials the baskets nest together to take up less room, but they’ll probably always be full. One for food, one for magazines, one for shower and make up needs – you may need to make more than one set! The attractive, sturdy rope handles make these fabric helpers versatile and definitely fabulous. Click here for the Fabric Organizers tutorial.
Loyalty and Business Card Wallet
Every college student needs a full set of Loyalty and Business Cards to make dorm living thrifty and delicious. So, the Loyalty Card Wallet designed by the mother/daughter team of A Spoonful of Sugar Designs will get lots of use. It falls helpfully into the category of handmade dorm organizer and stitching this little gem is totally fun! A great stash buster, plan a few of these for holiday gifts, too. Use fabric you know your grad will enjoy carrying in a pocket or handbag, add a little interfacing and a snap and enjoy the stitching! Click here for the Loyalty and Business Card Wallet tutorial.
Vinyl Gift Card Wallet
Stitch up this quick vinyl wallet and have fun filling it with a little cash and a gift card or two! Designed by Melanie Ham for her blog, the clear vinyl front makes it a great ID card wallet for the college year, too! Clover Wonder Clips are the best for holding together layers of vinyl without making pin holes. If you’re new to these clips, you’ll find them very handy and a welcome addition to your sewing tool kit. This handmade dorm organizer is a great way to learn how to sew with vinyl. Melanie includes excellent tips, techniques and a video! Click here for the Vinyl Wallet tutorial.