I’d originally cut these cheap Ikea curtains shorter than I was meant to. I thought the best way to fix them was to extend them with a curtain trimming with a nice design embroidered on it. I came across Sashiko stitching and thought it would be a nice touch.
Sashiko stitching is an embroidery technique from Japan. I think Sashiko is great for beginners because the lines of the running stitches are transferred onto the cloth, taking the guess work out of making consistently sized stitched lengths.
I bought the thread and needles from the wonderful Purl Soho. This place is a crafter’s dream. It’s important to use the actual sashiko thread and a sashiko needles. I tried stitching this Sashiko pattern without a proper sashiko needle and it was very difficult to pull the needle through. Purl Bee has a great tutorial on Sashiko and I recommend you read it.
Since sashiko patterns are dashed geometric shapes, it seemed like a fun task to replicated one myself using Photoshop. See image of the design I’ve chosen.
I printed the design on sticky fabric solvi paper and stuck it onto the left over material of the curtain. It took me over 2 weeks to complete but I think it’s has spruced up these cheap Ikea curtains.