Sashiko Patch Mending for the Nick Cave Lover

East West Shop denim Sashiko example with Nick Cave patch

We found an awesome vintage Levi's jacket that had seen better days.  The back had many holes and there were some dark oil looking stains.  The denim around the holes was in great condition making this the perfect style for some denim sashiko mending.

For this project I chose to use some denim scraps and a patch drawn by our friend Fos that says "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds".  I used Olympus Sashiko thread and needles (made in Japan and available in the store).

First thing I did was trim the loose threads from the holes.  And then using my thread and needle I did rows of stitching for a basic Sashiko.  The finished product covers all holes and stains.

Jacket is still available here.

- Erin

Interior jacket photo to show damage that was covered with sashiko mend repair
Materials for sashiko repair - denim jacket, thread, needle, thimble and scissors
Sashiko Repair - cut out the threads from the hole
Sashiko repair. Use the patches to cover the holes.  This shows how we overlapped denim to cover all of the stained and ripped areas.