Here, Jenny shows us her loveliest technique yet! This type of stitching works well for all woven textiles, and is especially well suited to denim and twill. We happily sport Sashiko mending on our vintage jeans, kimonos, and work jackets, and think it's the perfect application for your little one's well-loved clothes too! xx
Kids play hard. After years of being handed down from child to child, even the sturdiest clothing can develop wear and tear. Before fabric production was industrialized in Japan, cloth was precious and garments were lovingly cared for and mended with beautiful Sashiko stitching. Inspired by this attitude and technique, we'll show you how to mend holes with embroidery to extend the life of your children's clothes. Mending can be a relaxing and cozy activity, so curl up with a cup of tea and let's get started.
Materials needed: see-through ruler, pencil or disappearing ink pen, scissors, cotton embroidery thread, thimble, scrap fabric, and embroidery needle. Traditionally, special Sashiko thread and indigo-dyed fabric is used, but we're using embroidery thread and fabric naturally dyed with black beans.
Cut a square out of scrap fabric, making sure it's bigger than the area of the hole. Use a ruler while drawing parallel lines horizontally every 1/4" onto the square. If you're worried about fraying, tuck the edges under 1/4" and press with an iron.
Pin the fabric square underneath or on top of the hole, placing one hand underneath to make sure you're only pinning to one layer of fabric.
Thread the needle with a long length of thread and tie a double knot at the end of the thread. Insert the needle into the fabric and secure the thread with a few tiny stitches. Hold one hand under the fabric to ensure sewing only one layer of the garment. Sew the patch to the garment by gathering the fabric from right to left onto the length of the needle with multiple evenly-spaced stitches at once, and then pull the needle and thread all the way through. Smooth the fabric to prevent bunching. Repeat, stitching rows along the drawn lines.
When making the last stitch of each row, bring the needle up directly underneath the end of the last stitch. Continue stitching the next row in the opposite direction as the last row.
If you come to the end of your thread, simply tie a knot at the end of a row. Snip the thread and start a new one.
Continue in rows until the patch is completely sewn onto the garment. Erase pencil or spritz disappearing ink with water to remove lines.