Monday, 14 October 2013

Create your own Remembrance Day Poppies

A guest post by Zoe Van Spyk

We are very excited to be working on a Remembrance Day project and to show our support we have created a tutorial of how to make your own Poppy.

  • 6 strips of red fabric 3 x 6 inches
  • 4 inch square of foundation fabric
  • 3 ½ inch circle of black fabric
  • Iron
  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread
Optional additions:
  • Flower stamens
  • Assorted Black, Red and Gold beads to decorate
  • Pin back

1.     Cut and iron each fabric strip in half lengthwise and cut the ends at a 45 degree angle.

2.     Place two strips on top of each other to create a V shape. Stitch around the outer edge using a
      gathering stitch then gather fabric tightly and tie off.
3.     Repeat this for two more pairs.

4.     Shape each set of petal with your fingers then stitch all three sets to the foundation, overlaying them to
      form a circle. Arrange your stamens in the centre of the flower and stitch to secure.

5.     Make a yo-yo for the centre. Stitch to the centre and distribute the stamens evenly around the yo-yo.
6.     Add a pin back if desired.
7.     To create that extra dimension you may also want to add some bead work.

For every Poppy you create we would love you to make a small donation to the Poppy Appeal and if you don't fancy making your own you can buy some beautiful Poppies from The Royal British Legions Poppy shop.

We think the jewellery and brooches from London based designer Buckley are particularly beautiful. The Crystal Poppy Brooch adds sparkle to any outfit and will make you look stylish throughout the year whilst showing your support for the British Armed Forces and their families.

Happy sewing.

Zoe x
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