sashiko repair tutorial
Gather together your fabric 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 the loose threads
5. Turn the jacket inside out
Check that your patch is sitting nice and flat without any buckling. This is also a good opportunity to double check you haven’t accidentally pinned your front to your back ;).
6. Whip (stitch) it!
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 one complete
10. Running Stitch
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.