5 DIY Decorating Ideas with Sashiko


Sashiko literally translates to “little stabs.” This decorative stitching technique started out in Japan as a reinforcement stitch. Today, you can see Sashiko stitching decorating quilts, garments, and all sorts of beautiful home decor items. This easy-to-master embroidery technique works up quickly and is great for adding creative embellishment to ready made items. Perfect for the upcoming gift giving season!


  • Stitch an over-all design on a solid fabric pre-made pillow.
  • Echo a Sashiko motif in the center of a pillow with different colored embroidery threads.
  • Use a variegated embroidery floss to stitch out an all-over design on a pillow.



  • Create a collection of embellished quilted strips with a variety of Sashiko patterns. Sew tassels on one ends and hang them in a collection on a wall varying the heights.


  • Add Sashiko stitching to hand towels for the bathroom.
  • Use Sashiko stitching to make decorative bands on the ends of kitchen towels.
  • Decorate a towel to use as a bread cloth with a Sashiko pattern all over.


  • Add a band of Sashiko stitching around a pre-purchased tablecloth.
  • On a tablecloth with large motifs, fill spaces with various Sashiko stitches.

Learn more about Sashiko with Carol Ziogas in her online iquilt class, Sashiko Basics


Get started with this fun Sashiko pattern!

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Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us very helpful post and the video is showing every step of how to make it. I love all the other designs too.