How to repair your jeans with zen stitching circles

stitching tutorials Apr 30, 2020

“The most sustainable garment is the one already in your wardrobe.”

Our clothes are meant to last and to celebrate Earth Day 2020 I wanted to share how I mend my studio jeans using a circular stitching pattern.

Materials required for this project:

- clothing that needs to be mended (in my case a pair of jeans)

- material to patch the hole. Always select a similar weight of fabric to that which you are repairing. I selected a piece of denim

- needle (my preference is to use a sashiko needle because it is sharp and designed for this sort of stitching, but you could also use a crewel embroidery needle, or wool darning needle)

- thread to stitch (my preference is to use sashiko thread because it is designed for mending clothes and is hardwearing. But you could also use embroidery thread or Perle cotton)

- safety pins to hold your patch in place as you stitch

- heat sensitive pen (optional)


For more information on how to stitch using sashiko techniques download The Ultimate Sashiko guide.


This initiative is in conjunction with Fashion Revolution Week 2020, and REFASH are dedicating the week of April 20th - April 26th to the #donttrashitrefashit campaign. The aim of the campaign is to encourage us to re-look into our wardrobes and find pieces that we don’t wear anymore and turn them into new, refash’d garments. During Earth week they shared lots of upcycling ideas, showcasing DIY Projects, screening documentaries online & conducting interactive sessions with creative upcyclers to showcase how easy it is to give a second life to a piece.


Hi, I'm Kate!

I am a strong believer in starting where you are and using what you have, wherever and whatever that may be.

Everyone should get to experience the joy of connecting to others through learning, experimenting, and creating.

Creativity doesn’t have to be expensive or wasteful. Whether we’re using natural materials, reusing materials, or shopping our own stashes first, creating mindfully goes beyond being present in the moment - it extends to being mindful of our environment and the other communities around us, too.