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October 20, 2015

Holey Jeans? Don’t Say “Oh no!” – Try Sashiko!

When the seasons start to change and it’s time for me to transition my closet, I like to do a major purge. Unfortunately, there’s been a few times when I have kicked myself for throwing something away that could have easily been refashioned into something I would wear.

My husband was going to chuck some of his old jeans (which were purchased at Goodwill) that got too holey. I decided to keep them for myself and take on another project (You can never have too many projects? Amirite? 😉

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I have a love/hate relationship with hand stitching. I hate to use it when I’m working on a project with the machine and it calls for hand stitching. I just want to finish the project and sometimes hand stitching feels like it’s taking forever.

But I do love to do hand stitching when I am creating a pretty pattern with it. With this project I decided to use the Japanese technique known as Sashiko Stitching. Traditionally it was used to mend the wear and tear on worn pieces. There are tons of designs you can make using Sashiko but with this project I am sticking to the basics.

Materials Needed:

–        Embroidery Thread

–        Embroidery Needle

–        Scrap Fabric


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You can buy threads and needles specifically for sashiko but I’m all about using what you already have.

Directions:

1.  Place your fabric where you want it to be (be sure to leave an extra inch all around) and pin in place.

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2.  Thread your needle and make a knot at the end. Insert needle through the WRONG SIDE of the jeans (the inside) and pull the thread through. With Sashiko Stitching, the ratio of the thread in the back should be about one-third the size of the thread in the front. Put several stitches onto the needle without pulling (the thread) through.

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3.  Bring the thread through the fabric without pulling too tight. When finishing a row, make sure the needle is on the wrong side of the fabric. Unless you want to create a corner in your pattern, finish with the needle on the right side (outside on the jeans) of the fabric.

 

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4.  Continue this process until you are finished.

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4 Comments

  1. This is completely cool and I must try it. 🙂

    • I plan to use this technique again with a coat I’m making. And thinking about using it on a quilt. So many projects, so little time.

  2. So will these jeans have to be handwashed now, or do you think the stitching can withstand the washer and dryer?

    • Good question. It definitely depends on the strength/stitch/thread, etc. If I do wash (in the washing machine and not by hand) I will probably just use the rinse cycle and then hang them to dry. It’s usually the dryer that does the clothes in!