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As lovely as the poppies are, perhaps the most challenging thing is finding a way to keep them pinned to your jacket. My mother was a creative woman and she would replace the straight pin with a tiny Canada flag pin – with a backer that clicked and locked in place.
That solution did work, however while chatting with my girls about Remembrance Day last year we decided to get a little crafty. We dropped our donation in a local poppy box and instead of taking a poppy from the box we went home and figured out how to make a Remembrance poppy from felt.
Sewing a poppy is a wonderful way to get children interested in learning more about Remembrance Day and Veterans Day. The first world war is very far removed from us – it ended over 100 years ago! How can children possibly understand why we wear a Veterans Day poppy pin.
So, we read the famous In Flanders Fields poem and we took the time to discuss the impact that war has had on our lives. We also took the time to discuss the wars that have followed WWI – after all, unfortunately it wasn’t the last war we have faced.
Who knew a simple sewing craft could lead to such interesting and heartfelt conversations.
How to Make a Felt Poppy
In no way do I believe that we should not donate to the Royal Canadian Legion or your local Veterans organization. In fact, I think we should give more. These felt poppies are a tribute to the original plastic poppies.
My daughter’s and really liked the idea of making a beautiful poppy to honour our veterans. These poppies can be worn for years to come. With our poppies on our jackets and our donations made, we are ready for Remembrance Day.
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