Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A poppy for Veterans Day

Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a fabric poppy pin for Veterans Day.

You will need:

  • needle and thread
  • black buttons or beads (I used a velvety bead from Michaels)
  • scraps of red fabric 10 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide
  • a pin back with holes to sew through
Here's how to make the poppy.

1. fold the red fabric in half and iron wrong sides together.

2. open the fabric up and place the short ends together, right sides together. Sew a running stitch to connect the ends using about an 1/8 inch seam. This should make a fabric circle. Fold on the ironed fold line so wrong sides are together.

3. along the raw edge, use a double length of thread and strong knot, and sew a running stitch around the circle. Once you get to your starting point, pull to gather the circle up. Knot your thread and snip the tails of your thread.

4. Sew on your button or bead to the center of your poppy flower.

5. Sew on the pin back, looping over the holes on both sides.

6. Wear with pride for our honored veterans!



Blogger comicbooklady said...

Thanks for that great tutorial, I shall have to try that. I wish I had seen it earlier...I didn't know Americans wear a poppy for the Veterans, I thought it was a British Commonwealth thing. We call it Remembrance day in Canada.

November 14, 2008  
Blogger nanner said...

Oooo....I want to make some poppies! These are cool. So are your skellie/octopus critters from an earlier post. Great work! thenuttynanner at g mail dot com

December 03, 2008  
Blogger StitchMinx said...

What a great idea! So much better than the paper ones... I prefer the homemade version definately.

November 10, 2009  
Blogger StitchMinx said...

What a lovely idea!

Just the thing to remember our heroes by.

Can I link this to my blog? Please.

November 10, 2009  

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