How to take care of your mental wellbeing through mindful making

Published on October 5, 2020 By Holly Butteriss 2 min read

At LoveCrafts we understand the importance of slowing down in today’s hectic world. For us, making and mindfulness go hand-in-hand. Whether we’re stitching away stress, combating nerves with needlecraft or baking to banish bothersome thoughts - making helps us find pockets of calm, and quiet the buzz in our brains.

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Knitting is my escape. So calming to get into a zone and follow a pattern. - Kim, a maker from Instagram

Studies show that repetitive hand movements - stitch after stitch, row after row, fold after fold - lead to more serotonin and dopamine (hello happier, sunnier thoughts). But we know that making is much more than just chemistry. Mindful crafting helps us connect with ourselves, to find family and friendship in a wonderful community of makers just like us. Mindful crafting helps us feel more connected in a busy world that keeps on spinning.

We want you to learn new things, let the little mistakes go, and bask in the magic of making every day. As we like to say, “Together, we make.”

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If you are struggling with mental health issues and need help, please consider reaching out to an organization who can offer support and guidance.

Repeat after me...

Simple, repetitive crochet cuties are a fun way to spend an evening indulging in a quick, satisfying project - just for you!

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Row after row

Knitting is super therapeutic, the rhythmic hand movements lets your mind drift into a singular focus and all your worries melt away.

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Stitch after stitch

If yarn isn't your thing, or you're looking for something new a bit of stitching is the perfect way to quiet a busy brain.

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Dream in every color of the rainbow

Take the time to create dreamy color palettes that evoke happiness or calm in your mindful making, whether that means incorporating every color of the rainbow or getting it cool and neutral.

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Soothe your soul

Looking for a simple tutorial to take you from step one all the way through to the final project? We've got lots of mindful makes to inspire you, from punch needle patterns, to calming coffee mug embroidery or simple sewing projects.

We'd love for you to share your stories with us on Facebook and Instagram - how has mindful making helped you?

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About the author

Holly Butteriss

Holly Butteriss is the Content Coordinator at LoveCrafts. Working closely with designers and influencers, Holly aims to inspire makers with lovely content and believes that “self expression is good for the soul”. Creative at heart, Holly will give any craft a go if she doesn’t have her nose in a book!

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