Have you heard of Sashiko? This Japanese embroidery style dates back to the 1600s and was developed by women from farming and fishing families as a way to extend the life of fabrics and reinforce clothing. At that time, cloth was a precious commodity, so people often preserved garments and passed them down. If you are interested in upcycling and living a no-waste lifestyle, then this DIY Sashiko patch is the perfect project for you.

To help you learn the art of Sashiko embroidery, we have created a video tutorial for you to follow along with. Check it out below and let us know how it goes for you!

Take a stab at it

Sashiko translates to “little stabs” in English due to the repetitive stitching you use to create different geometric patterns. Overall, there are hundreds of traditional and more modern patterns. For our DIY Sashiko patch, Emily used two of the more common ones.

This type of visible mending is becoming more popular in the west and is now being used to embellish clothing in addition to using it as a way to patch clothing. This is Emily’s first DIY Sashiko patch, and we wouldn’t be surprised if you see more Sashiko embroidery from her in the future!

Skill level: Beginner-intermediate. The cross pattern is easy while the arch pattern is a bit more difficult.

Crafting tip: Use any color of embroidery floss you’d like to personalize your Sashiko patch!

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We’d love to see your DIY Sashiko patch! Make sure to share photos on our Facebook page for members or on Instagram with the hashtag #MadeWithLia. For more zero-waste projects like this one, check out our beeswax cloth wraps, reusable produce bags, and tote bags.