A few days before my big international move from Berlin to Toronto was to begin tragedy struck my fave pair of jeans:
Unfortunately all of my sewing gear & refashionista stash had already been packed and sent off to North America so I was in a bit of a pickle until I remembered the mini sewing kit I always keep in my purse and a tip I’d read about how to mend jeans with Sashiko stitching:
I grabbed that little sewing kit from my bag + a stolen scrap from the kiddo’s doll box and got to work mending!
Not bad for a make do mend and first try at decorative Sashiko repair – and I’m positive this patch is loads more secure than the others that were sewn by machine over the years.
Sashiko (literal translation: little stabs) is a form of decorative yet functional embroidery stitching from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce worn out area or to repair rips and tears with patches, this simple running stitch technique is also used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery.
Have you mended anything with Sashiko stitching?
Let me know in the comments below and share your Sashiko photos on the CoaR page!
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