These Sashiko-inspired Hanukkah Projects from Leni Levenson Wiener at WeAllSew are perfect for celebrating the Festival of Lights. Learn how to create a bookmark, pillow, coaster and more!
"I have always loved Sashiko, the traditional Japanese hand stitching in beautiful geometric designs usually done on dark blue fabric with white thread. Over the years I have experimented with doing it by machine, and have been pretty pleased with how simple it is.
So, since Hanukkah is also a traditional “blue and white” holiday I got to thinking, why not combine them. Here is a pretty simple project of a Sashiko-inspired pillow. Sashiko designs can be quite elaborate, so I have tried here to keep the actual stitching fairly simple, making it an easy introduction to the technique. I have used navy fabric with white thread, but you can use anything—just keep in mind that a high contrast between the fabric and thread colors will show off your work the best. It is all done with straight line stitching so you don’t even have to worry about your free-motion skills.
Like the look but intimidated to start with the pillow? I have also included two smaller, simpler templates for a bookmark that can both be used as a bookmark or gift tag and a single star that works as a hanging decoration, gift tag or coaster. Start there, learn the technique, move on to the pillow when you are ready."
To learn more from Leni, watch her in How to Use a Photo as Quilt Inspiration | Quilt Studio Visit Jennifer Sampou and How to Do Portrait Quilts with Leni Levenson Wiener | Ergonomic Exercises with Jake Simmons.