Parks and Recreation Embroidery Pattern


I realized the other day that most of the television shows I love feature some pretty terrible people (30 Rock, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad). Parks and Recreation is the exception to this rule — it might be the sweetest, least cynical show out there. Amy Poehler is obviously a genius and a national treasure, and Tom Haverford and I both make this face a lot, and don’t even get me started on how hot Ron Swanson is. I can’t even.

Here’s my little homage to the show — one of my favourite mottos ever. I’ve included the pattern in reverse as well, in case you use a transfer method that requires the reverse image. I really really hate transferring embroidery patterns; it’s my least favourite part of the process. This time I knew I wanted the gold embroidery thread (SO fun to work with, by the way) to stand out, so I wanted to use a dark fabric as the background. I found this wash-away stabilizer at a local sewing store and it worked like a charm — I just printed right onto it (it says not to use a laser printer, but that’s what we have and it was fine), stuck it onto the fabric, embroidered over top and then rinsed it for a few minutes until it all dissolved. Easy-peasy!

I only used two stitches here — back stitch and satin stitch. There are tons of tutorials for these out there, but this is a good place to start if you need some help. Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!

Download the pattern here.