The Beauty Of Sashiko Stitching

Buttons, threads, embroidery… beyond an intentional hole or some light distressing, there are so many beautiful ways to make your clothes truly your own.

Autumn is such a gorgeous time for fashion. The cool weather invites us to express ourselves through layers, colors, and best of all, texture. Go ahead, mix silk with velvet, linen with wool – this is the perfect time to experiment and have fun with the clothes on your back and in your closet. That’s what autumn is all about.

Today I’m sharing a simple, yet age-old method for repairing and adding texture to clothing: the sashiko stitch. Translated to “little stabs” in Japanese, this basic stitch (essentially a running stitch, also used in quilting) is easy to learn but surprisingly elegant in its simplicity. With just some embroidery thread, a little patience (ok, maybe a lot), and a few simple stitches, you can add pattern, line, and texture to your wardrobe.

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Embroidery thread


Embroidery needle


Tailor’s chalk (or white chalk)

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Before you begin sewing, mark off the pattern that you intend to follow with the white chalk. This allows you to plan out multiple patterns and will ensure that your stitches stay straight. Because this stitching is delicate, it’s best to do this on a garment that you don’t mind hand washing.

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Select the first color that you plan to work with, tie a knot in the end of the thread, and begin stitching. The sashiko stitch is a basic running stitch, also used in quilting – use this stitch to follow the patterns drawn with the chalk.

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Repeat with the other colors of thread until you’ve completed your design.

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Once you become comfortable with a running stitch, you can begin experimenting with other embroidery patterns and techniques. The sashiko stitch is a beautiful way to repair and revitalize torn or shredded clothing!

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9 years ago

I love hand embroidery projects. Textiles and clothes change completely when you add those little special touches – dyeing, beading, embroidering, painting, etc etc. I actually have an old tshirt with a pocket that I think I’ll do a little embroidery on today!

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9 years ago

I also really love sewing by hand. I love the natural hand made look of it, perfectly imperfect made by human hands not a machine. I feel inspired to do some stitching!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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9 years ago

SO fun, I love this! Definitely a great update for a pair of old jeans

9 years ago

I love hand stitching, my degree was in textile design. I love how wvwn a simple running stitch can add character to a garment. Love it!


9 years ago

So very pretty! I love the stitching in the pocket, unexpected and the white is great with the contrast on the dark color! Would love to experiment with this.

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9 years ago

I gotta do this! This stitch would look so great on a pillow cover!



9 years ago
9 years ago

Saw this post on Pinterest and had to click through! I’m so in love with sashiko/boro/visible mending right now. Just finished my first project ( ) and can’t wait to do more!

9 years ago

another project to add to the list!

9 years ago

This is so cute! Love the brown on the pocket <3
I'm totally gonna try this on a pair of shorts I have

9 years ago

Nice patterns!

8 years ago

Embroidery is such a meditating craft, I once made a wall tapestry with little thoughts embroidered on it. It was long and slow and repetitive and made me feel calm.

8 years ago

Lovely feature and some stunning ideas

Rosemary Lambert
7 years ago

A peaceful hobby and great way to express self! Thanks for the ideas!

6 years ago

Why would you do that and ruin your pants

6 years ago

Hand embroidery on clothes is not very simple. it require the concentration on the every step. But It is also not very hard a normal person can learn this but the focus is very necessary. The garments companies make the hand embroidery clothes and if you will see the design of this work then you would surprised by this amazing Hand embroidery stitches.

So amazing Sashiko Stitching. If you have a desire about for buy embroidered clothes then I think Sashiko Stitching clothes are the best option. It is really a fantastic glimpse of embroidered clothes.

Aimee Aimee
6 years ago

Thank you for a great explanation. I was looking online for a similar idea and really appreciate it
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6 years ago

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5 years ago

I love that cross stitch at the zipper side, it make the whole jean look so cool.