In a fast-paced, plugged-in world, it’s so easy to lose track of how the things we use everyday came to be. Even though today’s versions are largely machine made, human hands crafted the original objects. Sashiko stitching is not only beautiful and steeped in tradition, its practice is meditative, so it’s almost a form of self-care. If you are new to the craft, Our Step-by-Step Guide to Sashiko Stitching will help you get started for these weekend sashiko projects.
Requiring few materials, Sashiko projects can go anywhere and have saved the sanity of many a soccer mom, public transportation commuter and world traveler. And it’s nice to have a project at home that you can pick up and put away at a moment’s notice. Catch your meditative moments when you can!
While you can create large decorative pieces with Sashiko, settling in with projects that reflect Sashiko’s roots in creating and repairing decorative objects seems natural. And with our hectic schedules, the weekend is a good time to unwind, reflect and recharge with projects that you can not only start, but finish in a few hours! Here are some of our favorite weekend-friendly Sashiko projects.
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Sashiko Sampler Potholders
Potholders like these from The Design Sponge are the perfect size to play with different stitch patterns, then mix up fun color combinations.
These sweet Sashiko coasters from Stitched in Color have narrow fabric strip frames that give them a crisp finish.
Sashiko Mug Rugs and Table Linens
Pick up helpful tips to improve your Sashiko stitching while making mug rugs and table linens. The projects from Sake Puppets are easy – just finish with a plain backing.
The Sashiko Placemats from Little Dear Tracks will reflect a bit of you when you set your table. Make a matching set, or vary the designs with a sampler of stitches.
Sashiko Denim Tote Bag
If you like a more rustic boro look to your Sashiko stitching, Vicky Myers Creations shows you how to make a Sashiko Denim Tote Bag that beautifully repurposes fabric.
Sashiko Stitched Needlebook
A sweet gift for a fellow stitch traveler or a treat for yourself, a Sashiko Stitched Needlebook from Stitch Hours Studio keeps needles organized. They are ready to drop into your project bag when you’re on the go.
Japanese Boro Bag
When you combine scraps and pieces of recycled textiles with Sashiko stitches, you can create a Japanese Boro Bag. Susan Briscoe designed this one and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London shared it.
Perk up a tired garment! A Sashiko-Embellished Ready-to-Wear project like this one from Gathered lets you take a much-loved dress or other piece of clothing, then extend its life with stitch. That’s what Sashiko is all about!
Weekend Sashiko Bookmark
Settling in with a good book is another tried-and-true way to relax. So make a Sashiko Bookmark from Martha Stewart to keep your place. A printable template makes this a super-easy project.
Sashiko Inspired Embroidered Pillow
Using extra fabric from a jeans redesign, A Beautiful Mess created a Sashiko Inspired Embroidered Pillow. It will keep her comfy for the rest of her slow-stitch weekend.
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