Usher in a DIY New Year with a Shooting Star Firework

Can you believe it is already the end of 2017?  What better way to celebrate the joy of New Years with a shooting star firework?!

This a super quick and easy job for a fun December crafternoon!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • Felt in 2 different colours, and sewing thread that matches each colour felt.  By matching this can even mean a close colour match so that it fades into the felt, or a contrasting colour to make a statement (like the pink thread on the peach star face in this example)
  • Black and pink thread for sewing on the face (safety eyes would also be very cute)
  • Gold thread (or other metallic/shimmer)
  • Polyester fibrefill
  • Sewing needle and scissors

Ready? Let’s get started!

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ONE

Print out the free provided star templates below.  Personally, I chose to print at 60% to make a smaller star, but you can make this firework in any size you would like.  Just be sure to check your print preview settings to make sure it is what you would like it to be.

Shooting Star Template.jpg

Cut out the templates, and lay them on your felt.  Pin in place and begin cutting out the felt pieces.  You’ll need 1 of the smaller star for the face, and 2 for the backing (becomes the front and back).

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TWO

First we’ll prepare the smaller star for the face of our shooting star.  Using the face on the template, and the photos below as a guide.  You can use french knots, sewn eyes, or safety eyes, depending on what look you would like for your final piece.

Once you are happy with the face, pin the front onto one piece of the backing.  Sew into place with whipstitch.

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THREE

Pin together the face-adorned backing piece and the second piece of backing.  Starting at one of the star points, begin to sew around the outside using blanket stitch.  Don’t worry too much about making your stitches perfect on this project – when you step back a bit you won’t be able to tell the difference, and besides, a little bit of wonky stitching builds character!

When you have finished blanket stitching around both sides of the ‘tail’, stuff lightly with the fibrefill.  When I say lightly – I really mean lightly!  You only need a very small bit to make it look plush.

Now that the tail is stuffed, use running stitch to ‘quilt’ the remaining two sides of the star, using the dashed lines from the template as a guide for where to sew.

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FOUR

Sew up the remaining sides of the star’s body using blanket stitch.  Stuff (lightly!) each star’s points as you go.

Weave in any remaining ends of your sewing thread.

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FIVE

The very last step (and good news is it’s optional!)

You can just leave your star at this point if you’re happy with it, but you can also add movement lines to the tail to bring glimmer.  Again using the dashed lines from the template as a guide, use running stitch the sew the stripes onto the star’s tail using metallic thread.

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And now we’re done…Happy New Year!  If you’d like to hang the star as an ornament, just sew a loop of the metallic thread through the top point of the star.

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Here’s to plenty more DIY fun in 2018 🙂

All templates are created by me, you can make as many as you would like for personal use, or for selling, as long as you attribute the pattern back to me.  If you do make your own shooting stars, I would love to see your final product – just tag me on Instagram @the.artful.pea so we can all see your fabulous work! xx

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