DIY Graduation Gifts They’ll Love: 15 Dorm Room Decorations

18 Graduation Gifts for HerFinding unique and thoughtful graduation gifts can be a difficult venture. It seems like just about everybody comes up with the same half a dozen ideas every year. If you want to give something extra special and practical, check out these DIY Graduation Gifts They’ll Love: 15 Dorm Room Decorations. For students just graduating high school, there is one thing and one thing only on their minds: heading off to college. Luckily for you, these fabulous gifts combine both of those important life events. Skip the funny cards with money in them, framed photos, or books giving sage advice and give your graduate something they will actually use in their dorm or classes.

My absolute favorite graduation gift I ever received was the quilt my grandmother handmade for me. It was so nice to be able to have a little bit of home and my family when I moved hours and hours away from my family. Plus, handcrafted dorm room decorations pretty much ensure that your graduate will have a unique and sassy dorm room. While everyone else is unpacking the same Bed, Bath & Beyond home décor, your grad will be singing your praises as they unpack their unique and lovely DIY graduation gifts.

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

All of these DIY dorm room decorations make awesome and unique graduation gift ideas. Any new grad would absolutely adore opening up one of these. Decorating your move away from home can be a big deal. It lets a student start crafting their new college identity as well as bringing a little bit of home with them. From convenient DIY organizers to adorable bath towels, these DIY dorm room decorations are sure to be a hit.

Vintage Button Kitchen CurtainsClassic Class Gift Quilt
Hanging Jewelry Holder
Denim Organizer
Darling DIY Duvet Cover
Vintage Button Kitchen Curtains
Lickety Split Laundry Bag
DIY T-Shirt Reconstruction Pillowcases
Owl Dry DIY Bath Towels
Fabric Storage Boxes

Other DIY Graduation Gifts

If you would prefer to give an accessory instead of decorations, these DIY projects are exactly what you are looking for. From a brand new wallet to a chic messenger bag, these DIY graduation gifts would delight just about any grad.

Big Books Library BagZippered Laptop Sleeve
Stylishly Sturdy DIY Laptop Case
DIY Wallet
Magical Messenger Bag Pattern
Totes Big and Small
Big Books Library Bag





If you love these DIY graduation gifts, check out these 18 Graduation Gifts for Her and these DIY home décor ideas.

What is one thing you wish you had in your dorm room?

National Sewing Month: It’s Back to School Season

Dear Readers,

It’s National Sewing Month! To celebrate, is hosting a special blog series throughout the entire month. Check back daily for posts featuring our favorite projects, new sewing videos and tutorials, guest blogs from talented designers and more. We’re also giving away a HUGE sewing prize at the end of the month. You won’t believe how EASY it is to WIN!

Leave a comment on any of the blog posts with the headline “National Sewing Month”. Your comment will count as an entry into the giveaway. You are free to comment as often as once per blog post (for a total of 30 chances to win!). At the end of the month, we’ll pool all of the comments together and pick one lucky winner to win the mystery grand prize. And trust us; you want to win this one!

Whether you’re already a sewing enthusiast or new to the craft, our hope is that this September will encourage you to create wonderful sewn projects.

Here’s Today’s Post:

Now that I’m no longer in school, I really love this time of year. That dread of returning to homework, tests and papers has been replaced with a deep sense of nostalgia. This year, instead of fantasizing about new supplies and freshly-pressed outfits, I think I’ll craft away my back to school blues. Thankfully, AllFreeSewing‘s latest eBook, 6 Free Sewing Projects to Make for Going Back to School, is filled with back to school projects that you can wear or use immediately.

I like that this eBook is filled with ideas for everyone. Whether you’re crafting for a kid or an adult, you’ll find crafty ideas in this eBook. Also, the projects cater to a variety of skill sets, so you can try something more difficult or go back to basics.

Lunch Sack

My personal favorite project in this eBook is the Lunch Sack. Last year I decided to “go green” and carry a reusable tote to work each day instead of using (and then throwing away) a plastic bag. This project is a great option if you want to keep your food the correct temperature and save the environment from unnecessary waste. It’s honestly so easy to make this project – beginners can show off their work with pride!


Here are some more back to school projects to get you in the fall spirit:

  1. Bow Backpack
  2. School Supply Caddy
  3. Pencil and Notebook Folders
  4. Back to School Desk Bag


Are you excited for back to school season? Why or why not?

How to: Make Sewn Valentines

Have you ever tried sewing on paper before? It’s surprisingly very easy, and I love the way it looks to combine traditional paper crafts with sewing! Dana from Made has a simple tutorial on quilted notecards, which is what inspired me to try it. I also used this tutorial for inspiration.

I made these Valentines to send in our Valentine card swap. If you sign up to participate, you could be one of the people to receive one in the mail! You can sign up until February 4th. Now here’s how to make them:

  1. First I cut some scrapbooking card stock to be the size of the envelopes I already had on hand.
  2. Then I made a heart template with some of the card stock scraps. I folded the paper in half, drew half of a heart, cut it out, and unfolded it to reveal a perfectly symmetrical heart. You know, that old trick.
  3. I bought felt in red, dark pink, light pink, and cream. Since I was making 3 cards (one for each of my swap partners), I cut three hearts from each color. Since each heart had to be slightly smaller than the one underneath it, I trimmed my template down with each color.

    They look so pretty all stacked up!

  4. I took one heart of each color and arranged them on top of each other and placed them on the front of the card.

  5. And then I stitched right down the center of the hearts.

    The hearts are even a little bit 3-D, which is my favorite part.

You can do whatever you want for the inside of the cards. Want to see what the inside of my cards looks like? Join our swap and maybe you’ll get one in the mail!

How to Sew Homemade Heating Pillows

There are many ways of keeping warm in the winter–bundling up in scarves and mittens, wrapping yourself in a warm afghan or snuglet, and sipping hot coffee or hot chocolate. But my favorite way to keep warm is by heating up a corn or rice pillow in the microwave right before bed. These warm pillows help heat up your bed before you climb in so you get to avoid the terrible feeling of cold sheets. I even use mine while I’m still awake–you can put one over your feet or hands to warm up after being outside in the cold, or you can even balance it on your head to warm up the quickest (I’m not just trying to make you look like a fool–it really works!).

I only have one corn pillow, and I’ve searched everywhere for a second one (I’m greedy when it comes to warmth!) but I can’t seem to find any unscented ones anywhere. Then I realized I could save myself the trouble and the money by making one myself. It turned out to be one of the easiest projects I’ve ever made!

Here’s what you need:

  • Fabric of your choice–fleece works best for keeping you warm
  • Filling–rice, feed corn, dry beans, etc.
  • Coodinating thread
  • Sewing machine or needle

If you know how to make a pillow, then you already know how to make these. But I’ll tell you what I did anyway.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cut two squares or rectangles (or any shape, really) from your fabric. Make sure the two pieces are the same size.
  2. Line the two pieces of fabric up, one on top of the other, with the right sides facing in.
  3. Sew around three and a half sides, leaving only a small opening.
  4. Clip the corners (read this article on Clipping Corners for more info).
  5. Turn it inside out and push the corners out using your fingers, a pencil, a knife, or whatever you want.
  6. Fill the sack with your filling of choice. It’s up to you how full you want to make it, but I wouldn’t recommend filling it more than 3/4 full.
  7. To close up the opening, fold both sides of the bag in about 1/4 inch and either machine or hand stitch down the entire opening.
  8. To use: place your pillow in the microwave and heat it for a few minutes. Heating time will vary depending on what filling you use and what size your pillow is. A smaller pillow will take less time in the microwave, and filling with more surface area (like rice) will also take less time.

I highly recommend this project! It’s easy enough to use as a beginner sewing project or to teach a child how to sew, and they make really great gifts. It’s also a simple way to save money on your energy bill!

Kids Saturday: Dog Days

Okay okay the summer is officially coming to a close, sad face, I know. We should try to embrace it and spend it the best way we can. I must tell you the, the end of summer is great for me. My husband and I just bought the cutest puppy ever. He’s only eight weeks old and he’s pretty well trained at this point. He is the perfect addition to start our little family. Of course we need get a collar and leash for him, otherwise we can’t walk him. Which brings me to the topic of discussion.

This weekend you should spend some quality time with your kids and your pets. We have some really cute new pet projects that will be so much fun to make. These are a bit advanced as you need a sewing kit, so obviously your child will need supervision unless they know how to sew. Go ahead and make a glitsy glam dog leash to go with this glitsy glam collar. I truly adore these even though our puppy is a boy. I guess if you really wanted you can use any color you wish, but I would stick with the hot pink and black, it really makes a statement. Once the project is made you, your kids and your four-legged friend can go out and have a great time. Embrace the end of summer by celebrating the coming of fall.

If you’re looking for more children’s sewing crafts you can find them here.