I think I can genuinely blame Ali for this one.

She’s the one who texted me a picture of a pair of denim from Anthropologie covered in sashiko embroidery.  She sowed the seed.

And then that seed grew and grew and when I saw a pair of jeans in my size down to the most reduced price (think about three cappuccinos worth) I knew it was a case of now or never.


I did a quick internet search to find out the basic principles of ‘visible mending’… first I basted a patch of denim fabric to the inside of the ‘hole’:


and then I snipped all the white threads off.  I was thinking of keeping it and simply doing lots of straight stitches everywhere to reinforce the patch… but then my ambition got the better of me and opted for a sashiko style work.

Silly me, why taking it easy, right?


It’s not perfect.

By any means.

I was going to pencil mark the stitches but I realised I didn’t have a white fabric pencil so had to wangle it… (jack of all trade and master of none, me…)

… the imperfections of the handmade and all that jazz…


(As you can see the other knee is in need of something too… )


I am really loving how they came out!

And I will actually be wearing them … once it stops raining and blowing a gale –  who would have thought!



5 thoughts on “– 86 – sashiko jeans

  1. Shirley says:

    What a great touch to your jeans! So creative and original.


  2. Jo says:

    Sounds tough on the fingers to sew through denim? Was it hard work?


  3. Kristina says:

    Absolutely gorgeous–my jeans seem very boring now. xx


  4. curvywitch says:

    This is one of the things sashiko originally evolved to do, along with quilting firemen’s protective jackets. They look lovely.


  5. Pamela says:

    I’ve been wanting to do this for ages! I went on a Sashiko course recently at Rheged where I bought some beautiful fabric and threads but didn’t buy the white pen which I have really regretted since. The history of Sashiko was really interesting as apparently you can trace back the line of teachers by the style of the stitching. Sock knitting, allotment and a crazy amount of singing are not leaving much time for Sashiko just now though. I’ll pick it up again when the nights draw in.


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