Slightly annoyed that I wrote this piece a few days ago, saved it, now I seem to have completely lost it. There is absolutely no record of it on my laptop. Oh well, let’s try writing it again. I always get myself a poppy, but I, like most people, lose them within hours of getting one. Or I change coat and still don’t have one on. These felt poppy pins are super simple to make and now I can have one on each coat. Don’t worry, I will still donate to The Poppy Appeal.
Make sure you follow my sewing board on Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t forget to save the pin for later.
To make your own felt poppy pin you will need:
- Red felt
- Green felt
- Black felt (optional)
- Black button
- Red and black thread
- Safety pin
On the red felt draw 4 circles. I used a jam jar that was 2 ½ in in diameter. On the green felt draw a leaf, and finally on the black felt (or either other colour if you don’t have black) cut out a small circle.
Starting with one of the red circles, fold it in half and then half again. Sew a couple of stitches to the bottom open side to keep it shut. Repeat this to the 3 remaining red circles. These will make the petals.
Next sew the 4 folded petals together to make a circle. When I sewed up the back of them, I tried not to push the needle all the way through to the front. It makes it look slightly neater and means that the petals will stick out rather than lie flat. Don’t worry if you do sew all the way through, YC did on hers, and it looks fine.
When all the petals are sewn together, sew the leaf on. Again, try not to sew through every layer of the red, just the back one.
In the middle of your felt poppy pin sew a black button.
Next, turn the flower over and sew your small circle over the middle. This is to 1) hide away the stitches and 2) gives you something to sew the pin onto.
Finally sew the safety pin onto the back. Remember as you sew if on the leaf should be pointing to the 11 o’clock to represent the time the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. I forgot to do this so when I pin my felt poppy pin on my safety pin must be at an odd angle to get the leaf at 11 o’clock.
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