One of the ways we like to raise awareness of Beautiful Things is to raise awareness of other local businesses and charities.  In return for doing a good deed or two we can raise our profile too.

BOSP travelling star sewing pattern

This is one of the reasons we chose to work with Brighter Opportunities in Supported Play or BOSP for short.

BOSP is a locally based charity offering respite activity for children and young adults with disabilities.  Whether its an after school group, youth club or simply taking a group of youngsters to the cinema, BOSP make living a normal everyday life a possibility for both the children and their families.

Jodie charity worker from BOSP

BOSP logo is a sweet little star and when the charity approached us in 2014 to make a few stars they could use for a competition we jumped at the idea.  We held our 1st star making day in November 2014 and a group of regular pupils from BTHQ got together to make over 20 felt stars.

BOSP star sewing class brentwood

We also developed a pattern and instruction book so that others could make stars too.  Subsequently those stars have travelled all over the world with people posting snap shots of their stars in all sorts of famous places from the Taj Mahal to the Grand Canyon!  You can check out their travels by searching the hashtag #BOSPtravellingstar

the team stuffing BOSP stars

As it had been a while since we last worked with BOSP we held another star making day last week.  You have been looking at some of the photos from the day throughout this post.

free machine embroidery sewing BOSP star faces

The great news is that  the funds from the sale of the last batch of stars went towards buying a new mini bus for the group.  Here we all are pictured with the bus that BOSP has recently purchased.

BOSP minibus

It’s great to do something good now and again.  If you want to help BOSP and make a few stars then please feel free to download the pattern from our site.  Geoff in the Remnant shop in Brentwood is also happy to offer you 10% discount on yellow felt if you mention you will be making BOSP stars with it.

We made 25 star softies and 25 mini stars which will be made into keyrings.  These will be available at various BOSP events during the year, or if you drop them a line via Twitter they will be only too happy to sell you one to take on it’s travels!

big bundle of BOSP stars

Happy sewing.