Mitsy Kit is the first ever, patented tactile sewing system, providing accessible sewing and crafting kits that reignite creativity and purpose for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairments, including the elderly, memory impaired, blind and others. Proven to be both therapeutic and fun, Mitsy Kit produces high quality, beautiful products and meaningful engagement opportunities for family members and caretakers in both home and community settings.
Mitsy Kit emerged as an invention created by a daughter seeking to improve her mother’s quality of life, despite her aging and disability. Blindness became a challenge, but was met with opportunity to make a difference. The Mitsy Kit flagship product, a tactile sewing system, enables all to participate in hand stitching to create beautiful pillows, bags, blankets and more, all by using sense of touch.
Mitsy Kit seeks to improve quality of life outcomes by providing activities that are simple to execute, yet challenging and attractive enough to produce a great sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Adaptations level the playing field, enabling all to participate with the right level of challenge for success.
“The residents love it,” Abbi said referring to Mitsy Kit programming. “It’s a very relaxing activity that engages both their body and mind, and it allows them to be creative. There’s also a beautiful product for them to be proud of at the end, which adds to the purposeful and meaningful aspect of the activity. We’re currently in the process of trying to bring the Mitsy Kits to all the Bridges communities.” Read the entire article here.
I had a wonderful experience with my special needs nephew with cognitive and small muscle challenges recently. He made a pillow from a Mitsy Kit. Even though he had never done any sewing before, he “got” it quickly and he was so proud and happy. Everyone who came into the house (we were on a family vacation with lots of folks) was proudly shown the finished pillow by him and he got a lot of high fives. Pride, self esteem, focus, patience, accomplishment and just a plain old fun hour together. We’ll do another one soon!