Book Review: Everyday Embroidery for Modern Stitchers

When I got an email from C&T Publishing showing their newly released books, I had to smile.

I was a product of the 70s.  Embroidery was big back then and oh my, did I ever love doing it.  I had a jean jacket that I was constantly adding a new embroidery motif to.  I just loved that jean jacket.

This isn’t my actual jacket but mine looked something like this…

Vintage 1970s Hand Embroidered Denim Jacket | Embroidered denim jacket, Embroidered  denim jacket vintage, Vintage denim jacketMine had a row of flowers across the back near the bottom.  I LOVED stitching on it.  Back then McCalls and Simplicity had iron-on motifs and I was always wanting more motifs to iron on and stitch.

This is the pattern that I had…I did some Googling to find it.  Oh my, I got more than the 65 cents worth out of the pattern.

Simplicity 6597 Vintage 1970s Embroidery Transfer Yellow for Denim
My dream was to have my jean jacket look just like the gal’s that is in the picture.  I wish I still had it to show you all.  It was so fun.

So, imagine my joy when I saw the book that C&T is publishing…Embroidery.  Notice the big yellow flower on the back of the jean jacket?


My 12-year-old self is coveting it.  It would have been a great addition to my jean jacket.

The book is Everyday Embroidery for Modern Stitchers written by Megan Eckman and is full of fun motifs.

The book shows how to make several different projects and then lets you mix and match motifs to projects.


Here is a little more info from C&T about it.

Get started with embroidery! Sew 15 fun projects that are approachable, practical, and awesome

Go retro, mystical, or botanical with 50 themed embroidery ideas to iron on or download and print

Mix and match motifs to choose your own adventure—even embroider your own apparel

Embroidery projects you can finish in a day or a weekend
Stitch something awesome today! From the creative mind of Megan Eckman come 15 edgy and fun embroidered projects to sew. Just choose your designs, iron them on, and stitch along the lines. Mix and match 50 on-trend designs like crystals and succulents to decorate accessories and home decor—even personalizing the things you already wear and love like denim jackets and canvas shoes. Download the simple embroidery pattern outlines to print as many times as you want, or use the included iron-on transfers. Just dipping your toes into embroidery? With handy stitch guides and practical advice, even beginners will be able to start a project today and finish by the weekend!
Get started with embroidery! Sew 15 fun projects that are approachable, practical, and awesome
Go retro, mystical, or botanical with 50 themed embroidery ideas to iron on or download and print 
Mix and match motifs to choose your own adventure—even embroider your own apparel

There were lots of cute things.


As I said, my 12-year-old self really wanted this book.

But, alas.  I turned 55 and jean jackets with cool embroidery aren’t the thing and now I’m into cross-stitching.  It was a cute book though…and if you have a 12-year-old in your life.  Buy a jean jacket and a book like this along with embroidery supplies might be just the thing.  Who knows…maybe 43 years later she’ll be writing a blog post and feeling nostalgic about her 12-year-old self and her mad embroidery skills.

You can find the book HERE at C&T Publishing.
You can also find it HERE on Amazon.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Everyday Embroidery for Modern Stitchers

  1. Maxine

    When my children were little (early 70s), I embroidered flowers on the cummerbund part of my 5 year old daughter’s dress. Then my 3 year old son said, “I want flowers on my clothes too. I said, “I’m not going to put flowers on your clothes.” So I found some cross stitch animals, like a dog and an octopus on his bib overalls. He was satisfied with that. One child always wanted what the other one had. I’m sure you can relate to that, Jo.

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  2. Candy

    Ha, ha! I still can’t part with the brown corduroy jean jacket that I bought in the 2000’s with flowers embroidered around the bottom 1/3 of it (although I didn’t do it myself). I loved it and wore it lots. Even though it’s not in style now, I’m sure I’ll be ‘stylin’ in it again … probably when I’m in my 80’s … LOL!

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  3. Joy

    When I started kindergarten in the late 70s, my grandma made me two pair of pants and each pair had different iron-on motifs on the pockets. I proudly wore those until I outgrew them. In the 80s I always envied those with all the cool artwork on their denim jackets but knew if I dared defile my only denim jacket I’d be in trouble.

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  4. Paula S.

    I remember when I was in high school in the 70’s doing embroidery around the hem of my jeans. It was flower-power and all and I loved decorating my clothing. Thanks for bringing back the memories Jo!

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  5. Sherry Whalen

    I am a bit older than you – I graduated in the mid ’70s – I embroidered on my jean jacket and I think I had 3 pair of jeans that I embroidered on – one of them quite a lot. When the jeans wore out (and I likely out grew them as well) I couldn’t bear to toss them so I cut the legs off and sewed the bottom and used them as a bag/purse. Then when I out grew the bag as a fashion statement I re-modified it into a clothes pin bag (yep, I still hang clothes out on a line). I have only recently had to replace that bag as it became too worn out for even that. But I saved the back pocket, that embroidery was still good!

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  6. Carla

    I’m 56. I say wear what makes you happy. I do. It was a great improvement to my life when I decided to find a style that is actually a style I like and am comfortable in. I use the word style loosely. I’m a tunic and leggings/ jeans with boots kinda gal lol

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