At some point during a past Memorial Day you might have seen organizations selling artificial poppies as a fundraiser. Do you know why poppies are associated with Memorial Day? The tradition dates back to the 1915 poem “In Flanders Field,” written by Canadian John McCrae. The flower was used as a symbol for soldiers who had died in battle. Shortly thereafter Moina Michael came up with the idea to wear red poppies as a remembrance symbol. According to the U.S. Memorial Day website, the VFW began to sell poppies nationally in 1922.
To create a poppy pin, cut out four larger petals and two smaller petals in red felt and one 1” circle from the black felt with the provided poppy petal template. Start the design of the pin by gluing two of the larger petals onto the disc across from one another.