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15+ sashiko embroidery patterns and tutorials

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15+ sashiko embroidery patterns and tutorials

What better way to practice hand embroidery than with a bunch of free sashiko embroidery patterns!  Sashiko is a Japanese style of hand sewing, all done with a simple running stitch, that can be used as a reinforcement technique or decorative element. This style is a great way for beginners to try hand stitching and the patterns are soothing for everyone to zone out and sew. You can see my own first attempt at sashiko in this post here, as a part of my yearly Try Something New Every Month challenge.

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Sashiko embroidery patterns & inspiration

If you’re looking for an overall sashiko starter tutorial, I like this one at Sake Puppets.

Sashiko knee patch mending with a link to a tutorial and free beetle pattern, here on Swoodson Says.

Sara at Radiant Home Studio recently shared a beautiful sashiko style Zsayla top AND a round-up of sashiko tutorials and projects; I made sure not to double-up on any of the links so be sure to click over and find another great list on her blog!

Sashiko placemats

Sashiko placemats tutorial from Little Dear, these are too precious for my house with little kids running around but they’re beautiful!

Sashiko Pouches

Sashiko pouches from Harujion Design; these are just inspiration photos, but I love the idea of using printed fabrics like this!

Sashiko Blouse Embroidered Yoke

Sashiko yoke embroidery from Yuki Maeshima of Waffle Patterns for Kate and Rose, beautiful inspiration to include sashiko on a shirt. (I also found another embroidered yoke example/tutorial from Blank Slate Patterns, with a free tunic pattern to go with it).

Sashiko apron

Sashiko apron from Wee Wonderfuls- beautiful inspiration for adding pockets or attaching embellishments.

Sashiko Brooch

Sashiko brooch from Sake Puppets – this isn’t available as a kit any more but it is still a fun idea to recreate.

Cloud embroidery

Sashiko clouds from Craftsy- free pattern to stitch on anything your heart desires!

Rainbow sashiko

Rainbow sashiko from Hugs Are Fun – just pretty inspiration, a neat way to change up traditional white sashiko.

Sashiko Tote

Sashiko denim scrap bag from Made By Toya – a partial tutorial; you could follow her instructions for the sashiko then any tote bag sewing tutorial (including mine!) or you can find a tutorial for a similar bag from start to finish over at Vicky Myers Creations.

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Non-free sashiko resources

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jean balliro

Thursday 26th of October 2017

I have 12 of the 'blue' sashiko squares. I used to do them when we traveled in the car. Now I need to put them together. Any ideas? thank you.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 27th of October 2017

Hi Jean! What about something like this, but with the squares you've stitched:


Monday 11th of May 2015

Kimonomono ( and Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics ( have great selections of sashiko supplies as well!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 11th of May 2015

Thanks so much Christine, I added them to the post :)


Monday 11th of May 2015

What a great collection of project ideas!


Monday 11th of May 2015

Thanks for linking to my posts! This looks like a great list too!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 11th of May 2015

Absolutely! The more sashiko love the better :)

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