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Celebrate Senior Citizen Day With Sewing and Quilting Projects!

Did you know that August 21, 2014 is Senior Citizen Day? Whether you want to recognize a special elder in your life or you’re a spunky senior yourself, now is the perfect time to break out the sewing machine in celebration of the golden years.

We’ve turned to the Bluprint community for inspirational projects and patterns that every senior can appreciate!

Scrap Happy PursePhoto via Bluprint member crazymomquilts

Patchwork tote

Bring some joy to a loved one (and make a dent in your scrap bins) with this handbag pattern. The Scrap Happy Purse is designed as a thick, carry-all tote with leather straps that would make a great gift idea for grandmothers or fun-loving seniors.

The straight-line quilting gives is a great durability, so it would be a perfect travel bag or knitting supplies bag. With little pops of color, this bag is sure to stand out and not get misplaced in the shuffle!

Get the Scrap Happy Purse pattern here.

Money Envelope System WalletPhoto via Bluprint member Walter + Veronica

Wallet organizer

It’s difficult for many of us to remember to carry cash. But it’s a simple necessity when you need to pay for items quickly and with no fuss. I bet you know a senior in your life who’d love this Cash Envelope System Wallet Pattern, designed to hold dollar bills for living expenses (and broken into categories for easy budgeting).

It also has card and ID slots as well as a slot for a checkbook, so they’ll never have to go looking through the desk for it again. Pick a bright color of oilcloth fabric and coordinating zippers to make budgeting fun again.

Get the Cash Envelope System Wallet pattern here.

Reversible TV Tray Placemat with PocketsPhoto via Bluprint member Flower Girl Designs Collection

Tray slip-cover

If you know a senior that enjoys crossword puzzles, crafting, or using a TV tray at dinnertime, this pattern for a TV tray pattern might come in handy! You can stitch up a thoughtful gift in cheery fabrics to cover up any plain wooden TV tray and make it twice as functional.

Men and women can both use these included pockets to store a remote control, magazine or a cell phone. As a bonus, this place mat transforms the TV tray into a great art desk (to store crayons and markets) when the grandkids come over to visit.

Get the Reversible TV Tray Placement pattern here. 

Games To Go Checkers Chess Game PillowPhoto via Bluprint member ShannonMac Designs

Game board

A quilted game board is a great activity to pull out when it’s too hot or cold outside, and the indoors are much more appealing. This two-player game featuring checkers and chess can be sewn with the Games to Go Checkers and Chess pattern. the fabric playing pieces can be stored in the included zipper bag, and when not in use, the game board folds up into a pillow. How clever!

Get the Games To-Go Checkers and Chess pattern here.

Walker TotePhoto via Bluprint member Buckets Gone Wild

Walker tote

Though many seniors remain active into their older years, others get around with the assistance of walker. Treat your special elder family member or friend to a custom-sewn Walker Tote with this free sewing pattern!

A walker tote is a great organizer that can hold a newspaper, remote control, a craft project, tissue, water bottle, cell phone, or any other small items that a person likes to keep nearby. It fits over the handle of most walkers and can be easily personalized with an embroidered name. Quilt guilds and sewing circles have been known to get together and sew walker totes as a community service project!

Get the FREE Walker Tote pattern here.

Do you have any other sewn or quilted gift ideas for seniors?

One Comment

Jo Ann

A friend of mine is a seamstress who has bolts of fabric she wants to donate, can someone direct me to a contact/party that may be interested ? We live is South Bay area in California
thank you
Jo Ann


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