Dorm Décor using Cricut Fabric 3 Ways

Dorm Décor using Cricut Fabric 3 Ways

Send your favorite college student off to the dorm in style with these 3 dorm room accessories made using coordinating Cricut fabrics.  Choose from a window frame cork board, envelope-style pillow cover or mini organizer boxes - or make all 3!  Cricut’s Designer Fabric Sampler in Yes, Please, Black lends them all a chic look.

dorm decor - desk bowl, cork board, pillow

Cork Board

Materials:

  • Cricut Designer Fabric Sampler
  • Jillibean Soup Mix The Media Window Frame-14"X16" White
  • Cork sheets or cork tile
  • Scrap foamboard, mat board, or cardboard
  • White glue
  • Contact cement

Directions:

Measure the openings in your window frame.  Cut pieces of foam or mat board (or something similar) to fit the openings.  Repeat using your cork sheets or tile. The openings in the Jillibean frame that I used were about 16x13.5cm.

frame opening

Glue the foam board into the opening using white glue.  Use additional pieces of foam board to build up the background in each opening as desired and glue in place. Glue the cork tile into the opening on top of the foam board.  Depending on the thickness of your cork and the depth that you’d like in each frame opening, you may want to use more than one layer of cork.  I used 2 layers of foam board and 2 layers of cork in each opening of my window frame.

foam board in window frame

I chose to cover the final layer of cork with fabric in 3 of my window openings.  Cut a piece of fabric about 2 inches larger than the size of your piece of cork.  Use contact cement or some other fairly “dry” adhesive to glue the cork to the center of the fabric.  Cut the fabric corners as shown in the image below.  Pull the fabric snugly to the back of the cork and glue in place using white glue.

glue fabric to cork

glue cork into opening

Cut several long strips of fabric to make a few rolled fabric flowers to adorn the frame.  I used strips that were about 2-3 inches wide and 21 inches long.  If you haven’t made these flowers before, check out one of the many on-line tutorials like this one at Jones Design Company to learn how.  Glue or stitch the rolled strips in place.  Glue the completed flowers to the bottom corner of the frame.  I also added some leaves made from a few scraps of faux leather paper covered with foil iron on.

rolled flower close up

completed corkboard

 

 

Envelope Pillow Cover

Materials:

  • 16x16 inch pillow form
  • Cricut Designer Fabric Sampler, Yes, Please, Black
  • Fat quarter, black
  • Iron-on in your choice of color ( I used foil iron on in Rose Gold)
  • Sewing kit

Directions:

Cut a piece of fabric 17x17 inches for the front of the pillow cover.  I pieced two pieces from different fabrics to create a piece of this size.  Cut 2 pieces 17x11 inches from the black fat quarter for the back of the pillow cover.

pillow pieces

Fold down ½ inch on one long edge of each of the back pieces.  Fold over again and pin in place to create a finished edge.  Top stitch in place.

pin long edge

Place the front and one back piece right-sides-together and pin in place.  Position the other back piece face down on the front cover, overlapping the other back piece, and pin in place. 

back to front

overlap back pieces

Sew all four edges of the pillow cover using ½ inch seam allowance.  Cut the corners of the cover as shown in the photo and turn the cover right side out.

trim corners

Create a design to apply to your pillow in Cricut Design Space.  Mirror the design before cutting the iron on.

mirror design

Weed the design and apply the iron on to the pillow.  Add any additional embellishments that you’d like and insert the pillow form.

iron on

fearless pillow

pillow closeup

 

Mini Organizer Box 

Materials:

  • Cricut Designer Fabric Sampler, Yes, Please, Black
  • Faux Leather Paper, black
  • Sewing kit

Directions:

Cut five 5-1/2-inch squares of fabric and five 5-1/2-inch squares of leather paper for each organizer box.

Soak the leather paper in hot water for 20 minutes.  Then crumple the paper with your hands to add some texture and allow to dry to just damp.

One piece of leather paper will serve as the bottom of the box.  While still damp, machine sew each of the other pieces to one side of the bottom using a ¼ inch seam allowance, creating a “plus” shape as shown below.

sew box sides to bottom

Position 2 sides of the box right-sides-together and stitch using a ¼ inch seam allowance.

align side edges

Repeat until all the sides of the box have been joined together.

box all edges sewn

Turn the box right-side-out.

Repeat the process using the 5 pieces of fabric to create the fabric lining for the box. Nestle the fabric lining inside the leather paper box (right-side facing out) and fold the edge of the fabric over the front of the box.  Clip or tape the fabric in place. Top stitch around the top edge of the box.

fold lining over edge

top stitch

Fold the edge of the box down about one inch, then fold down again to create the top edge of the box.

fold down box edge

box interior

desk boxes

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Lee Ann Lilly

Lee Ann is a mixed media hobbyist who enjoys using her Cricut machine for art projects as well as decorations for her home and garden. She's a new empty-nester with 2 adult daughters. Now she and her husband are free to embark on that US pizza eating tour they always talked about. Lee Ann provides IT support to Craft-e-Corner.

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