Koinobori (carp streamer) sashiko pattern PDF by Sashiko.Lab


Digital pattern and instructions for making a sashiko koinobori (carp streamer)

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I designed this SASHIKO KOINOBORI when my son was three years old. In Japan, we have a tradition to hang up the carp streamers called “koinobori” on Children’s Day. Parents display it wishing for kids’ health. We also use koinobori as seasonal decorations.

This pattern is easy to follow, as long as you have some basic sewing skills. It may take some time to finish though, the only technique you need is simple running stitch. You don’t need sewing machines.

I hope that you’ll enjoy the process of stitching and spend a relaxing time while making sashiko koinobori.

You will receive two files:

  • Full size pattern (PDF, 4 pages)
  • English tutorial (PDF, 4 pages)

The tutorial includes:

  • A list of materials required.
  • A list of tools required
  • Size/ finishing measurements
  • How to print and assemble the pattern
  • Step-by-step instructions with pictures for making it
  • Instructions for how to stitch TWO sashiko patterns.
    • 1: Seigaiha (moyouzashi)
    • 2: Gushi-sashi (hitomezashi)
  • Tips to stitch more beautifully.
  • A guide on how to use pattern

Finished size:

  • Printed on A4/Letter size paper: approx. 15cm×50cm/5.9 x 19.7 in
  • Printed on B5 paper: approx. 14cm×44cm/5.5 x 17.3 in

Materials required:

  • 4 sheets of A4, Letter, or B5 paper to print pattern pages
  • Cotton fabric, approx. 35x60cm/13.8 x 23.6 in
  • Sashiko thread, approx. 15m/16.5 yd(Or you can use embroidery thread as an alternative)
  • Matching thread
  • Wire (optional)

Tools required:

  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Pins
  • Sashiko needle (Hand sewing needle with large eye)
  • Fabric marker or chalk paper to transfer the pattern
  • Iron

This pattern will be available for instant download when your purchase is confirmed. Once you have downloaded the files, you can print the pattern in A4, Letter, or B5 paper with your printer at home to make this project.