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Crafting Activities for Seniors: Knit, Sew, Crochet and Quilt for a Healthier Life

We’ve all heard about how reading, chess, and crossword puzzles can sharpen your brain and improve your brain. But why do crafts in particular prove to be one of the best activities for seniors?

Knitting, sewing, crocheting and quilting are known as some of the most popular remedies for arthritis, Alzheimer’s and other diseases that may develop with age. They keep your hands busy and get your creative juices flowing – all while keeping the mind and body calm and relaxed. 

Here are some awesome YouTube videos to get you inspired. If your mother or grandmother taught you to knit or sew, get back to it. You’ll be grateful you did.

Sewing

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One of the most tried and true crafting activities for seniors that will certainly aid in not only retaining but creating new memories, is one of the oldest and essential forms of “crafting” in the world: sewing.There is no limit to the health benefits of sewing, and each of the other senior crafting activities we will mention later. First and foremost, the act of sewing keeps your hands active and nimble. The more active you are with your hands throughout your life, the less of a chance you’ll have of developing arthritis.

If you’re a sewing beginner, grab a breezy, lightweight fabric and try sewing a basic pillowcase for yourself or a loved one. 

Sew Your Own Pillowcase! 

 

Sewing machines can seem complicated, but are extremely helpful when creating larger pieces. If you’re up for the challenge, check out this video by Good Housekeeping to learn how to use and manage your own sewing machine. 

Easy Sewing Class for Beginners

Try making a tote for carrying books, lunch and other essentials!

DIY Tote Bag for Beginners

Quilting

People Quilting Together

The next time you’re looking for a great gift idea, surprise your loved ones with a truly personal homemade quilt. Arrange for your family to bring over old clothes and fabrics to create a quilt that will become a part of your family history for years to come. Check out this video below to get started:

Quilting for Beginners

There are countless clubs and organizations that offer free quilting classes and other crafting activities for seniors that could even lead to meeting new people and making new friends! 

Knitting

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Knitting, among many other crafting activities for seniors, has countless benefits. Research has revealed that it helps maintain cognitive abilities, memory function and brain health overall, which is a major plus for anyone who enjoys making their own hats and scarves during the colder months.

Taking on knitting may seem daunting, but thanks to YouTube, there are plenty of videos out there like this one for beginners:

How to Knit: An Introduction

Later, check out this beginner’s video on knitting your own scarf!

How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners

You can also knit certain patterns with your fingers, depending on the thickness of the yarn you use. You can even use your hands and arms to make thick, cozy blankets like this! 

How to Arm Knit a Blanket

Crochet

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Crochet is different from knitting in that one uses a hook rather than two large needles to create unique, intricate patterns of out countless types of yarn. Because the method requires focus and patience, it is a particularly relaxing crafting activity for seniors.

The technique originated in France, first used by lace makers in the 17th century. The popular doily, or small decorative mat was created based off this technique. You might remember seeing these around your own grandparents’ house growing up.

Learn to make a simple friendship bracelet with this beginner’s video:

Crochet for Beginners

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As with any hobby, do what you enjoy, and do it often. As with any handmade project, whatever you choose to create for your kids, grandchildren and loved ones will be sure to remain a cherished gift for years to come.

If you’re ever craving a new project, subscribe to a knitting or sewing magazine like Crochet! for a little inspiration, and always look to Pinterest and YouTube for easy step-by-step guides. We hope this blog will inspire your or your loved one toupdate your list of crafting ideas for seniors for the new year!

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