Free Sashiko Embroidery Patterns - Set 2

Japanese sashiko hand quilting in toridasuki (crossed birds) pattern
NNehring / Getty Images
  • 01 of 09

    Eight FREE Sashiko Patterns to Stitch - Set 2

    Sashiko Patterns
    Cheryl C. Fall

    Sashiko is a type of Japanese folk embroidery using a form of the running stitch to create a patterned background.

    This form of embroidery—which also is popular in quilting—uses straight or curved geometric designs stitched in a repeating pattern. The Japanese word sashiko means "little stabs" and refers to the small stitches used in this form of needlework. 

    In this collection, a set of eight designs—patterns 9 through 16—is provided. You will find a full-size pattern for each design, as well as a diagram showing you how to work the sashiko stitch. 

    Make sure you have all the resources you need before you start these projects or others like this other set of eight designs.

    Continue to 2 of 9 below.
  • 02 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 9

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    Sashiko patterns are worked in continuous lines without knots. Thread tails are typically not seen on either side of a traditionally worked design. Instead, the tails produced by starting and ending a length of thread are hidden between the two layers of fabric. For designs that are not to be seen on both sides, a temporary away knot can be used, and thread tails threaded through the back side of the stitching.

    The sashiko stitch is worked in the same manner as a basic running stitch. The only difference is that the space in between each stitch must be half the length of a full stitch—the stitches are longer and the gaps are half the size of the stitches.

    The design shown here can be worked horizontally or turned and worked vertically.

    Continue to 3 of 9 below.
  • 03 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 10

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    This pattern features several different sizes of diamonds nested together and placed horizontally. The design mimics water or fish scales.

    Continue to 4 of 9 below.
  • 04 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 11

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    Stars—resembling a Magen David—are worked in repeating rows in this pattern.

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 12

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    This sashiko design features interlocking blocks.

    Continue to 6 of 9 below.
  • 06 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 13

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    This traditional pattern features fans worked in repeating rows. You can work just a single row of fans or even a single fan motif.

    Continue to 7 of 9 below.
  • 07 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 14

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    This is worked as a basketweave and is a very traditional sashiko stitch.

    Continue to 8 of 9 below.
  • 08 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 15

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    This traditional sashiko pattern looks striking worked on a smaller scale. The individual motifs also can be used separately.

    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    Sashiko Pattern 16

    Sashiko Pattern
    Cheryl C. Fall

    This is a very masculine sashiko pattern. It's perfect for working sashiko on a jacket.