by Laura Pifer, Trash to Couture

The Sashiko Reflections collection features traditional Japanese folk embroidery but with a modern twist. Sashiko uses a running stitch for decorative purposes when sewing to repair worn places or tears with patches. “This collection combines these traditional patterns with iconic florals, birds, butterflies, and fans.” I used these designs to repair some old jeans. I love how they turned out. Get the details below.


  • OESD’s Sashiko Reflections #12854 embroidery collection
  • OESD StabilStick CutAway Stabilizer
  • Cotton fabrics for patches
  • Pair of jeans


I used my large 5′ x 12″ hoop and placed the fabric scraps on StabilStick CutAway stabilizer for the “patchy” sections. To get the patch look I topstitched (with my sewing machine) fabric shapes together to create the base. I then hooped them over more StabilStick CutAway and embroidered the square designs.

I embroidered different denim/indigo fabrics with all the different designs. What I like about this collection is the stitches work with both light weight fabric and heavier fabric because of its low-density stitching. There are so many options to pick from! You can even embroidery directly on the garment.

I hand-sewed the patches over section on my denim. For the tears, place the fabric on the inside of the jeans and hand stitch on top. There is no accurate way to do this. Have fun! You can even use a fusible web like Wunder Under® and press the patches on as an appliqué. I’m not that much of a hand sewer so I used my sewing machine when I could.

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