One last bonfire night craft to finish off the firework season. My girls and I all had fun making these felt fireworks today with a mixture of coloured felt and seed beads. I had an idea in my head to make them double sided and then make a mobile; I think I still will but these ended up being lovely little sewing projects. Josie, Amelie and I all made simple ones but naturally Maddy really went to town and her version is a triumph!
These are really easy; we made some shape templates using Microsoft Word and then cut out explosions and tails for our fireworks in coloured felt. Then we cut out a rough black shape for them to be pinned to and threaded up a needle in a complimenting embroidery thread colour. Each bead is threaded on to the needle as it comes through from the back and then we stitched back down into almost the same spot. The result is that you can hardly see the thread and there is a lovely sparkle from them. Maddy used really tiny beads and loads of them, which made it looked positively jeweled!
Once all the beads were on and the thread tied off, I trimmed the black to make it fit more closely to the coloured shapes. Maddy did hers really close, which looks better I think. All that is left to do is stitch on a hanging loop and then glue another piece of black to the back to hide the stitches and then these will make lovely firework night decorations for Josie, our November 5th baby, for a long time to come!