Guidelines and Patterns for the Handmade Poppy Project

Cornwall's Regimental Museum fun palaces 2017 - Poppies for the DCLI


In 2018, we received more than 11000 poppies to help create our World War One tribute, which you can learn more about here WW1 Handmade Poppy Tribute here. We received poppies from as close to home as our own volunteers, and from as far away as Spain and the USA.

Though we are no longer collecting poppies, if you wished to make them for yourself, there are guidelines below.



You are welcome to express you creativity in any way you like, and we would love each poppy to be completely unique, but there are just a couple of guidelines for the poppies that we would ask you to follow.

Poppies must be:

Handmade in any textile medium

Up to 4.5 inches in width

Ready to fasten – a simple fastening such as a safety pin on the back is absolutely fine.

In terms of style and design, it’s up to you! Many of the poppies which have been contributed already are knitted, and we have some impressive felted and embroidered poppies, as well as paper poppies made by local Scout groups. You don’t have to be very skilled, and your poppy doesn’t have to be a masterpiece (although some of them undoubtedly are!) – just get involved!  Every poppy is appreciated, and we’d love to see what you can come up with!



You can use any pattern that you like – or freestyle! – it’s up to you entirely.

We have received knitted, felted, paper and crocheted poppies, some with beads or embroidery and some plain, but every single poppy is appreciated.

The 5000 Poppies website has a huge selection of different patterns for different mediums

Please note that these patterns are suggested as a guide only, and ownership of the patterns is as stated on the individual websites.  


Cornwall's Regimental Museum's Handmade Poppy Project


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