Simple Sashiko Repair Tutorial

Getting Started

Gather together your fabric or garment that your wish to stitch on, as well as the following;

  • Thread – ideally 100% cotton Sashiko thread
  • Needle – A sashiko needle must be long and thick to make its way through heavy cloth without buckling
  • Snips – short and sharp are ideal, but any scissors will do.
  • Template – this helps to keep uniformity within the stitches
  • Pins – heavy duty upholstery/denim ones are best for this.
  • Tailors chalk – a pencil is best for achieving well defined markings
  • Spare fabric – for patching up the hole/covering the worn part of the garment

1. Trim away loose threads

2. Once the weft threads have been cleared (the white ones running horizontally) clean up any other fluffy or loose denim threads.

3. Place the fabric patch behind the hole. Aim to centre it so there is an even amount of fabric overlapping the perimeter of the hole

4. Use your pins to hold the patch in place, one on each side of the patch should be sufficient.

5. Turn the jacket inside out

Whip (stitch) it!

6. Start by running a whip stitch around the edge of the hole, make sure you catch the patch (stripe fabric) as you go. This secures the raw edge of the garment, as well as being the first step in attaching the patch.

Stage 1. complete

7. Now get your Sashiko template out. I developed this template to speed up the process so you can spend more time stitching and less time marking out your stitch placement.

8. Mark your holes with the tailors chalk. A gentle twist through the holes will be enough to mark the fabric and make clear guides.


Start Running

10. Make the most of your long sashiko needle by weaving a running stitch through the fabric multiple times before puling through entirely.

11. Now run your thread across the other way. For this example I have stitched all my vertical lines first, and then crossed over them with my horizontal lines starting at the base and working my way up. The beauty of hand sewing is that there are very few rules, as long as your patch is secure then you’ve done well, the finished look is totally up to you.

Well done! You’ve now got a beautiful & functional Sashiko repair.

I’d love to see your repairs, comment below to let me know how you get on, or tag me in instagram @overall1516


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