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« on: June 04, 2012 09:18:39 AM »

So my sweet little niece who will always be 10 in my mind has just graduated high school and I'm trying to come up with some gift ideas to help her kit out her dorm room. Since it was 10 years ago, my brain is struggling to try to remember what was useful back when I was that age! The only thing I've come up with is a fabric basket for miscellaneous purposes. Can anyone help me out with some fun but small ideas? (Small, as in anything fairly light-weight. I live in England but need to post it to the US so nothing like a milk crate desk, etc  Wink )
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012 03:40:41 AM »

What are your skills?  What is the climate where her college will be?  Timing-wise, I assume you are looking to finish the project by the end of July to allow for time to mail it to her before she leaves for college in August?
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012 04:10:13 AM »

I can sew and knit at an intermediate level. I'm looking to send in mid July to get to her in time for her open house at the end of July but really any time before Mid August would do. The climate will be quite cold - it is in the far north of Michigan.
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012 07:26:52 PM »

The fabric basket sounds like a great idea.  Knit scarves could work, too, since she'll need them during those harsh winters.  Last, how about a blanket?  US colleges and universities typically use extra-long twin bedding, which is longer than standard twin.  Sizing information is here for your reference.  Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2012 06:44:32 PM »

You could make her a cute pencil case with a flat front pocket. I remember being annoyed in school trying to find my pencil sharpener, eraser etc in my pencil case so a pocket helps. You could make her a book bag for her library trips. Where I live you can buy storage cubes that pack flat made of plastic and fabric, these are great because they stack well.

A cookbook of easy cheap recipes would get a lot of use I'm sure! I have a Commonsense cookery book. It's great for someone who is just leaving home because it explains a lot of basic things from making a cup of tea or boiling an egg, to how to do meringues and pies.

  Do you know what subject she will be doing? You could make her a pinboard, it would have to be fairly large, but if you use thin ply and wadding it will still be light, and because it's flat it should be easy and not too expensive to post.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012 02:26:31 PM »

Storage is generally a major issue in dorms so things that are light weight and can be packed up easily are always good- since some schools require students to move every semester (16 weeks) or at least pack up all their personal belongings.
An over the chair organizer with pockets would be great- something that can hang over any size chair (a pocket in the back to hang over the chair and straps that detach and attach on the back- pockets on the front...if that makes sense.
You can make it out of fabric of course and have pockets for pencils/pens, calculator, notebooks, etc.

Something like this would also be good for storage:
http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Bedside-Storage-Mattress-Remote/dp/B0019S3MCU/ref=pd_sim_hg_1

A bedside caddy for other things wanted to be kept by the bed but there may not be a bed side table in her dorm room.

A fabric laundry bag would also be great- since some students have to use laundromats/don't have washing machines in their building/dorm floor and sometimes have to haul their clothes two, three flights of stairs/floors down and a few buildings over to do laundry.
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2012 11:08:52 AM »

To add to the cookbook idea, maybe you could put together one using your favorite recipe's and look up some easy college ones online. This way it's more personal, you could make it smaller and lighter, and hopefully there's a better chance she'd actually use the recipe's in it.

Fabric tote bags are a good idea, especially ones big enough she could put groceries in them. Maybe crochet one of those grocery bags.

...that's all I got
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