It’s not over yet.

We are now in the process of creating our final two projects for the  Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018.  The first is for the Victorian RSL and the Australian War Memorial … and we would love to have you join us.


Our first is to create 50,000 poppies for the Victorian RSL.  In gratitude for their financial assistance with funding for both Chelsea and the Western Front, we are creating poppies for the RSL to sell in the leadup to the 2018 commemoration of the Centenary of the end of WWI.  We are hoping to raise well over half a million dollars for the RSL … a lofty ambition.

The key to a beautiful lapel poppy is that we want a quite tight finish to ensure that the poppies don’t flatten out too much.  Happy for you to use any centres … the more different centres the better …  so be as creative as you like with buttons, fabric, fibre, gorgeousness.  The final size of the poppy should be around  8-9 cm finished …  Texture and variations in red are perfect.  If you could put a pin on the back that would be amazing.

There are some patterns below for RSL poppies but you shouldn’t feel limited to these.

Click here for collection points and delivery options for RSL Poppies

Poppies Patterns Update September 2017

Ing’s poppy pattern is also below … it’s cute, quick and easy and makes a beautiful lapel poppy for the RSL


button-poppy-flower by Tricia Reeves

POPPY PATTERN 2X1 RIB Wildwood Designs & Creations



Our second major project is our final and truly stunning installation at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for Remembrance Day 2018.

We will be planting more than 61,000 stemmed poppies in honour of our WWI Fallen for the Centenary of the end of WWI.We currently have somewhere around 17,000 -18,000 stems made … and are currently creating poppies and stems for the remainder.

There are many patterns below suitable for poppies for the stems.  Feel free to pick and choose … mix it up and really have fun with your centres.  Stem poppies should be quite tight so they can stand up to the rigors of rain and wind.

Poppies for the AWM can be dropped at the AWM or sent to 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic. 3147

Poppies Patterns Update September 2017

Video link to how we make the stems


Crochet tutorial 3 from BobWilson123 for Asta Lott’s crochet poppy

button-poppy-flower by Tricia Reeves

POPPY PATTERN 2X1 RIB Wildwood Designs & Creations


Crochet tutorial from BobWilson123 for Lynn’s easy knit crochet pattern

Lynn and Lorraine’s easy knit and crochet patterns : 2 x knit and 2 x crochet September 2014

Katherine’s poppy pattern

Alicias Poppy Pattern

Fiona’s Budding Poppy Knitted Pattern

Maggies Crochet Cactus Flower

Ledy’s Updated Crochet Patterns

Lorraine’s Even Easier Crochet Poppy Pattern

Jens Very Simple Crochet Poppy Pattern

Crochet Poppy 3 Petal Version Asta Lott NZ

Knitted 5000 Poppies Pattern

Faye’s Knitted 5000 Poppies Pattern

5000 Poppies ribbed pattern

Jan Quigley’s crochet pattern for Jim

The Crochet Crowd Remembrance Poppy

Crochet Button Poppy Flower by Tricia Reeves

Fabric and Commercial Felt Poppy Patterns

These should not be used for AWM and RSL poppies

Felt Flower

Felt Circle


The Vintage Stand Commercial Felt Poppy

 Machine Embroidery Patterns

These should not be used for AWM and RSL poppies

A Stitch and a Half Anemone Pattern (Poppy)

There are also many lovely knitted and crocheted poppy patterns all over the web … just google search free poppy pattern and see what comes up.    Here are a few that have been sent to us

Or if you are adventurous … you can make up your own. If you are a stitcher or felter and would like to share your stitched ideas/patterns and don’t mind them being copied for the purposes of this project, we would love to see them.

For felted and fabric poppies there are many great tutorials on you tube.  For a wet felted poppy … … you can use a very small amount of dishwashing detergent in the bottle instead of Filz Fix and for a cute little dry felted poppy … which I think you could also modify for use with other fabrics.  Just google search “fabric or felted poppy tutorial” there will be a whole host of sites for you to search through for one that suits you.

134 Responses to PATTERNS

  1. unyewshual says:

    I don’t have 3.5mm needles. Would 3.25mm or 3.75mm be ok?
    I’m not sure if 3.5mm is a standard size. At least is wasn’t back in the olden days when I started knitting. 🙂

  2. unyewshual says:

    Thanks for your swift response! I’m looking forward to making poppies. 🙂

  3. Stephanie says:

    Where do we send them?

  4. alma reid says:

    could I have a knitted pattern for poppys please

  5. Fran Williams says:

    We’re on our quilting retreat, some are being knitted, crocheted and even fabric’s being used!!!!

  6. Anne Outhred says:

    Will mention this at our local Arts Alliance .. Would be a great collaborative project. Is it necessary to make bookings for the Aug 12 fed square event?

  7. Dianne Hislop says:

    Regarding 3.5mm needles. I use them, by “Knit Pro”. a lovely needle to knit with. I purchased them at a speciality knitting shop in Geelong, Vic. I believe they are distributed by Prestige Fibres Pty Ltd P.O Box 39, Bulla NSW 2516.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Thanks Dianne.
      I am looking for a wholesale for crochet hooks and knitting needles so when I get a minute … I will contact Prestige Fibres.

  8. Barbara McEwan says:

    Made my first poppy yesterday

  9. Carole O'Brien says:


    Heard you on Bush Telegraph and would like to participate. Do you have a pattern for poppies made with felt or fabric?

    Best of luck

  10. bernie hampson says:

    my mum has started to make some but they are only 7cm is that ok

    • 5000poppies says:

      Thanks Bernie … any size really is perfect. We are not really hung up on size just needed to set some outside parameters so we didn’t end up with monsters.
      Look forward to seeing them in due course.

  11. Jan Rhoades says:

    Hi, I’m just about to send off a bag of poppies. Most of them created by the members of Sunnybank Quilteres but some (19 in fact) from a friend who is in Sunnybank Sparklers Red Hatters. So as you will see when they arrive, they come from far and wide but mainly the Sunnybank/Upper Mt Gravatt area in Brisbane.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Fantastic Jan, Queenslanders have taken to this project with absolute gusto. Look forward to seeing your poppies. With thanks. Lynn

      On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM, 5000 POPPIES

  12. Sue Arthur says:

    Hi, I just read your story in our local paper and have just made my first poppy. However, since I am only new to crocheting it isn’t like your pattern – it is more basic. Would that be ok? Sue

  13. Norma seip says:

    Just heard your interview on radio Eastern and I am on board and very excited. I am a romantic, a storyteller and a crafter – this project is heaven. Norma

  14. teabeaknits says:

    Hi there, I’m UK based so not really able to join in with your challenge but would love to use your pattern to make a few poppies for family and friends in return for donations to the British Legion Poppy appeal – is that okay? Also, I would like to blog what I have done and mention your site as the source of the pattern but only if I have your permission to do so.

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  16. Nean says:

    Just heard about your 5000 poppies over here in West Australia – so look forward to receiving lots from us too!! Nean

  17. sosandy says:

    HI what a beautiful stay of hand made poppies,
    last year I attempted. To make my own. Also to send some on,to a knitting group in Norwitch UK,,alass they were not at all likeable
    This year find a much easier pattern, and have been proudly wearing my home made,,
    Really love the different designs of polyps,to knitt here
    And Will certainly start work on a few, as all the patterns look easy to follow

  18. Learn Here says:

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to
    get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours wouhld cost a pretty
    penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% certain.
    Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Leanne. I am self taught through WordPress (which is free) and really easy to operate and manage. I would not say I am expert but have learned enough to get through. Enjoy your blogging journey.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Jocelyn … if you are having trouble deciphering the patterns … you can always look for a turorial on you tube. There are many which show making poppies.

  19. Joycelyn says:

    , Is there easier to understand version of this post? Haha

  20. Joylene says:

    Just heard about your project, so Port Pirie will help out. Will you be offended if, with the help of our local RSL, that we have our own poppy day also to commemorate this event. Nannajs

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Joylene,
      I thought I had responded to this email … but can’t find a response so maybe try again.
      We are excited that a lot of our group contributors …. in particular the RSL groups are making tributes and displaying them at their local RSLs on Remembrance Day this year and then forwarding the poppies on to us afterwards for inclusion in the big display on Anzac Day next year. Do you think that is something that your ladies (and gents) would like to be involved in?

  21. Katherine says:

    I’ve made my first poppy. I used the “easy rib” pattern, but thought I would try out a new way (to me) of casting on – using a picot edging. I thought it would make frillier petals – and it did. My ten year old (who mostly knits scarves!) would like to start making poppies now, so the garter stitch pattern will be great for her, and I will teach her to decrease, and teach her some family history as we knit together.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Katherine,
      I love it that all ages can join the project and enjoy making Poppies. I look forward to seeing the mother daughter contribution soon.

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  25. Deanne McLean says:

    Please put a link to the Poppies that was at the Melbourne craft show as I dont knit or crochet but would like to do some for my great grandparents and other who have went to war thanks Deanne

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Deanne,
      Keep your eye on the blog or the facebook group. I will write up the pattern as soon as I get a minute to do it.
      I hoped it would be this week but I think wishful thinking. I will work on it next week.

  26. eileen chamberlain says:

    does anyone know if a loom could be used and where could one be obtained??

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Eileen,
      You can use any kind of materials you like, as long as they are red and can withstand a whole day in the open (no matter the weather)
      I have no idea where you can obtain a loom I am sorry.

    • Katherine says:

      If you mean a knitting loom, then any shop that sells wool and needles, like Spotlight, would have them.

      (My children have made some using the Rainbow Loom, using a pattern for a “poppy charm” using red and black loom bands. Just in case that’s what you meant.)

  27. Hi. I found out about you from a neighbour who head it from her quilting group. I got some red wool today and my neighbough and I will begin our poppies this week. What a great inspiration you are!
    Michelle Ovenden

  28. Karen Kirk says:

    I have a patchwork shop in Katoomba and would like to get my customers making poppies. Is there a flyer I could put up? If not I will make one. Just a quick question. How are the poppies attached to the display? Does something have to be attached to the back of the Poppy?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Karen,
      Welcome aboard.
      I have attached a poster that you can put up in your shop.
      Nothing attached to the back of the poppy … all ends sewn in.
      We plan attach to fibreglass flywire screen for security with a tag gun (easy).
      Enjoy making and collecting.
      All poppies should be submitted by mid March 2015 but would obviously prefer the bulk earlier to give us time to attach.

  29. Maggie Wilford says:

    What happens to the poppies after the Big Day ?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Maggie,
      We will find a way to tour them … first to capital cities and then to regional cities.
      Exciting isn’t it.
      At the end, we hope the war memorial will take them from us to display in perpetuity in the War Memorial for all Australians to see … but I have contingencies.

  30. Robin Bushell says:

    Our local Art & Craft Group is making the poppies (from your patterns) and the library is going to display them on Remembrance Day, then send them on to you. Robin

    • 5000poppies says:

      Thank you so much Robin … amazing community response to the project.
      Look forward to seeing your poppies sometime after Remembrance Day.

  31. Pam says:

    Hi Lynn, Wow talk about the domino syndrome! You sure have started something BIG, I have just discovered your mission & think it is wonderful.Go Girl. I will be going through my stash for red yarn.
    A suggestion for what to do with some of the blooms after the big day is to have a few working bees to stitch them together into knee rugs or cushion covers to give to returned soldiers etc like the Hero Quilts or the families of those killed, or distribute to homeless & aged care homes, with a little label telling the story of your mission & the meaning of the Poppies, To have some in the museum is essential but what a waste of all that beautiful warm yarn that could be giving comfort,
    Warm regards & happy stitching

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Pam
      Thank you so much for your email.
      We are so thrilled, proud and humbled by the simply amazing response to our wonderful project.
      Although your idea has merit, and has been suggested a number of times, Marg and I have always seen this as an art project … a lasting nationwide community tribute to honour those who have served our nation (and there are many contributions from other people around the world who are also making poppies and contributing in honour of their own military). It is a very moving, very personal thing for us. It has never been done before … and in the words of the Chairman of the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee … it is quite simply, the single most important community Centenary event in Australia. We are very happy with our choice and look forward to seeing the impact it has when the whole world is invited to see it in the War Memorial in years to come (at least that is our dream).
      Take care and enjoy making.

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    • 5000poppies says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your lovely … and easy … commercial felt pattern for poppies. I am sure many of our poppy makers will enjoy making.

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  34. catriona says:

    why can’t u do loom band poppies?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Of course you can do loom band poppies Catriona. There is a pic of loom band poppies on the front page of the blog as I write.

    • Sallyanne kenny says:

      How do you do the loom band poppies with the green on please x

      • Katherine says:

        The green is a pipe cleaner. The pattern is from “made by mommy”. I found it by googling rainbow loom poppy charm. (I didn’t make those particular ones, but I have made similar, just without the green.)

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  36. 5000poppies says:

    Thank you Katherine … I responded to Sallyanne to google loom band poppies but have now sent her your update. Ta!!!!

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  38. Jeanette Barton says:

    At my school we are piggybacking on your theme. The knitting group and parents are knitting, the textiles class are learning the basics of hand sewing by making poppies and the ceramic class are also making poppies. We are giving the school community the opportunity to dedicate a poppy to family members and we will plant our own Flanders field at the front of the school for ANZAC day. The ceramic poppies will then be used for a permanent display to commemorate local veterans. Could you please tell us how you are making the “stems” for planting? Thanks Jeanette Heathmont College Victoria.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Jeanette,
      Thats a lovely idea.
      stems are made with skewers, covered in i ord sewn to a crochet round and siliconed at the end to stop the skewer poking through the poppy. The whole stem is then stitched onto the poppy … Painstaking but necessary.

      • Katherine says:

        For kids, using the knitting nancy or french knitting “doll” generates lots of i-cord very quickly. Children who can’t knit with two needles can generally still do this. (I know, my house used to be full of it!)

  39. Jeanette Barton says:

    Thanks for this. We have tried skewers and craft glue and a blanket stitch which is looking good. Will try the cords too.

  40. Joylene says:

    Great effort. keep up the good work. Here in Pirie we are well on the way to 10,000 poppies and having fun. For planting I was planning to use knitting needles covered with Tomboy stitched tubes. When I asked for wool for another project people donated needles also, so I have more needles than most Habby stores carry. I purchased a great automatic knitting Nancy/tomboy machine from Spotlight and in 5 minutes I had several feet of tube. Kids don’t get bored. About $25 for this machine but worth it. We are now attaching the poppies to camouflage nets to drape from the wall of the RSL building, to look similar to the weeping wall in England.

  41. Gawler Quilting Circle quite excited to hear of the poppy explosion and its pending travels around australia and overseas. It will be in our newsletter this week and we expect to be able to send some more poppies to you. can you give us some idea of timelines?

  42. Tina Gartlan says:

    I’d like to try Ing’s ribbed poppy pattern but am stumped by the first set of instructions- any help, please and thank you?

  43. I’m keen as I do a lot of knitting while we travel and live to knit for a worthwhile purpose. My Dad was in the army in WW2 in the Middle East and New Guinea, and my son served in the Navy.

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Lovely Marilyn.
      Enjoy making.
      The address to send your poppies to is 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3145 or they can be delivered to the East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern Vic 3145
      Kind regards,
      Lynn Berry

  44. Fiona Howell says:

    I am interested in knitting some poppies for this very important event and may even try and get my two teenage sons to join me as well! We regularly attend Anzac and Remembrance Day services and feel it is so important to remember all the men and women who were involved in and fought and died in the Wars.

  45. Michelle says:

    I’m interested in being involved making poppies.however I’m a learning crocheter.could you please suggest or send me a pattern that’s easy
    Thankyou Michelle

  46. vicky bryant says:

    Thank you for the link I think it’s a great idea so I’ll start to make up some very soon

  47. Linda Tibbey says:

    I would love to help knit the poppies but am unsure where to send when finished

  48. Heidi says:

    Hi I live in Cornwall would love to make some where to I post them to thanks Heidi email

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Hi Heidi,
      We would love to have some poppies from you to add to our wonderful project. There are also, however, a number of projects inspired by our project in the UK that you could also join if you wanted. A quick google search will find them.
      The address to send your poppies to is 5000 Poppies, P.O. Box 115, Ashburton Vic 3145 or they can be delivered to the East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern Vic 3145
      Enjoy making.
      Kind regards,
      Lynn BErry

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  50. Zakia says:


    I am interested in this amazing project.

    Could you please confirm me what I have to do and when do I start.

    Please see my knitting Facebook page: and

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