Sashiko Mending Class: Upcycle Stitches

With DIY craft box delivered to you

Mend your own clothes and create a Sashiko design

2 x 45 mins Class size 1 to 4 label $55 or 4 payments of $13.75 Afterpay

This is a ClassBento LiveBox class! From the comfort of your home, share an artisan experience with your friends, family or colleagues, or just enjoy with some like-minded others. As seen on The Guardian, TimeOut, Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and more. Here's how it works:

  1. Book or Request your preferred time
  2. We'll deliver a ClassBento Box to you - this is a physical DIY craft box containing the materials you'll need. Shipping is free, and it should arrive within 2 to 4 business days for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra; 4 to 9 days elsewhere. We ship nationwide.
  3. Enjoy the online class. You'll receive a link to a Zoom meeting. On the day of the class, use that link to join the class. Class sizes are kept small, so you can easily ask questions and get immediate responses. Zoom is free and easy to use, on any device - smartphone, tablet or laptop. You're in control of your privacy - you can mute yourself and hide your webcam if and when you prefer.

Do you have any unused fabric that's been abandoned for a long time? Do you have any old clothes that you could use to make something different? If so, UpCycle Sashiko Mending Class can help you!

Originally, Sashiko was a practical mending technique in Japan and it reinforced clothing to be warm, strong and last longer. Nowadays Sashiko is popular with existing sewing lovers as its design is unique, traditional and beautiful that will remind you of "Art of Japan".

In this live streaming class, you'll be introduced to basic stitching techniques, then create your own design - whether you want to upcycle, repair or customise your clothing to make them a bit more jazzy.

Here are some popular examples;
- Patching a Sashiko fabric on your damaged jeans' pocket or knee.
- Making a reusable cleaning wipe or hand towel with Sashiko stitches.
- Decorate your existing cushion cover by stitching Sahiko with your favourite fabrics.

Sashiko is one of the easiest and most fun needleworks that anyone can try and makes for great rainy day activities. If you are interested in upcycling, this creative, eco-friendly and easy class is for you.

You might be impressed by Japanese organising guru, Marie Kondo. Her method asks you to use your intuition to tidy up your closet. But did you just throw out a lot of unnecessary clothes? They can still be useful for something else! Japanese people have "Mottainai" thinking which means "Too good to be wasted". They do not abandon unneeded items but regenerate them by using our human wisdom. This is the upcycle spirit of the Japanese.

Knowledge Required
No knowledge is needed.
What you'll get in your craft box
- Needles
- Sashiko thread
- Threader
- Chalk marker
- Pattern book (will be sent as PDF file one day before the class)
What you'll need
- Damaged materials that you want to mend (eg; Jeans with holes)
- Random patches (some pieces of fabrics 10cm x 10cm or more)
- Pins (or safety pins, clips are okay too)
- Ruler (15cm or more would be perfect as you grid lines on fabric)
- Scissors (for cutting fabric and thread)
- Hand stitch needle & thread (for baste stitch)
- Eye glasses if you need.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 2 consecutive weeks, at the same time each week.

Your teacher
Mari Yamada
Mari Yamada

4.9 (12)

I am from Tsugaru, Aomori, Japan, exactly where Kogin was born and I started learing Kogin when I was a child. So I grew up with many of the traditional art & crafts and those techniques in Aomori naturally. I have been building my skills and knowledge for more than 20 years and have helped sewers, to introduce the traditions overseas and want to connect with you for fun.

Nowadays there are so many new styles of embroidery patterns but used the original Kogin techniques are still being created by needlework lovers in Japan. Its design and texture are well cared for, beautiful, cute, warm, stylish, and modern…You will find your favourite one from same samples.
I would love to share my Kogin knowledge with all the needlework lovers!

Verified reviews

Tara McGrath • May 2020

This class with Mari was absolutely brilliant. She is very friendly and easy going, and a really good teacher also. I very much enjoyed both the class, and learning a new skill, and chatting as we stitched together. Highly recommended!

Textiles workshop review by Tara McGrath

Karen Nicoll • Apr 2020

Thanks Mari for the helpful sashiko sessions. They were enjoyable and informative. Mari was well organised and gave clear instructions - she was generous with her time and knowledge. I’m inspired to keep exploring the myriad sashiko stitches.

Claire Pickard • Apr 2020

a great first session, looking forward to the final. why do i need six more words?
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