Suffolk Puff Poppy Brooch :: Downloadable Tutorial

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This tutorial shows you how to make a suffolk puff style poppy brooch.  From the free template you can make a red poppy for rememberance or a white poppy for peace.

You will need the following:

  • Pattern for the poppy Suffolk_Puff_Poppy_Instructions.pdf
  • Sew on brooch pin or safety pin
  • Red or white fabric and green felt
  • Button
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Glue (optional)

Cut out the round, main poppy flower and leaf pattern from the 'Suffolk Puff Poppy Instruction' pdf link above:

Pin out then cut the poppy top and bottom using the red or white fabric, and the leaf using the green felt:

Thread the needle with black thread.  Tie a knot at the end of the thread.  Use a running stitch, as illustrated in the picture, around the outer edge of the fabric circle:

When you have completed the full circle of stitched, start to pull your threads so that the fabric turns inwards as illustrated:

Keep pulling until it is tightly bunched in the middle.  Knot by making an additional stitch threading the needle through the loop made by the extra stitch:

Using the same thread, stitch on a button over the bunched up middle section.  Next, push the needle through the button hole so that the needle and thread are at the back:

Now stitch the green leaf to the back.  Traditionally the leaf should be stitched in the 11 o'clock position.  This is in the 1 o'clock on the back.

Finally, stitch on the brooch pin. If you would like, you can glue a piece of felt over the stitches to neaten the back:

Congratulations, you have completed your traditional poppy.  The poppy should be worn on left hand side with the leaf pointing to your heart:

If you are making these for the Poppy Appeal, please consider making a donation to the RoyalBritish Legion(for red poppies) and Peace Pledge Union (for white poppies) in support of remembrance and peace.  To give is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.