Sewing Sashiko Boro-Style Patches with Robyn

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What’s it all about?

Sashiko is a striking style of Japanese embroidery, and Boro means rags – referring to the upcycled use of fabric. Come and learn Sashiko
embroidery methods, and other stitches, to make a patch that can be used to repair a garment (or be ornamental)!

Being able to mend our clothes is an important skill that serves us throughout life. Whether it’s repairing that denim jacket, darning some woolly socks, reinforcing elbows or the dreaded crotch mend! It gives our favourite items of clothing extra life and longevity. And memories.

Sometimes subtlety is key, but sometimes go big or go home! That is, why not mend visibly, colourfully, playfully and beautifully! Without a doubt when other’s see your visible repairs, they’ll ask how you did. It’s not that tricky, and well worth learning.

What will we cover?

In this visible mending class Robyn focusses on mending garments using the Japanese mending style of Sashiko.

Robyn will help you design, prepare
and sew Sashiko-style patches to use for clothes mending (or
decoration). Robyn has also prepared some patterns that make beautiful Sashiko stitches and patterns much easier to follow and create.

All tools and materials provided to create a large Sashiko patch to mend your clothes with.


  • Wheelchair Accessibility Venue
  • Quiet Spaces
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreter Upon Request 
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Who will be teaching?

Robyn Bunting is a reuse, repurpose and remake enthusiast who is the owner of the studio and business ‘Harold and Maude
on level 2 of the Nicholas Building, that focuses on recycling,
repurposing and remaking.

She has spent 35 years working in theatre,
film and television industry making all sorts of things using sewing
technique of all types.

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More about accessibility 

This photo is borrowed with thanks from Heather via Creative Commons.

Any other questions or ways we can assist with accessibility? Just shoot Maddy (she/her) an email at