If you have not heard of the project before, a simple description is that this is a very large community art/craft installation as a tribute of our respect and remembrance for all those who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and their families and loved ones.  The display will be launched in Fed Square Melbourne on Anzac Day 2015 for the 100 Year Commemoration of the Gallipoli landing.

There is more information about the project in the background document below.

5000 Poppies Background

There are also a number of other documents included for your information and use.  In Flanders Fields …. A Poem by Lt Col. John McCrae in 1915, a poster you can put in your art room a draft press release that you can use for local media involvement.  This is suggested only, but the media seem to love the project and you can modify to suit your needs if you wish to have media involvement. There is also a separate submission form if you wish to include the children’s names on the 5000 Poppies blog or if they would like to have a dedication published; and there are a few patterns for making poppies.

In Flanders Fields

Poppies Poster

Submission form

5000 Poppies Press Release

Visit 5000poppies.wordpress.com to follow the project or join our facebook group and contribute to the dialogue.


Children from age 2 to age 98 can make a poppy.  It’s fun, it’s inclusive and the type of poppy you make will depend on the level of skill.  Below are patterns for knit and crochet, fabric and commercial felt.  These are not the only poppy patterns available but these are easy within their skill sets.  I have included a couple of images of some of the stitching done on the commercial felt poppies but this is not necessary … a simple button centre would suffice.  The commercial felt poppies were cut on a die cut machine but they can just as easily be cut by hand.

Knit and Crochet Poppy Patterns September 2014


Felt Flower

Felt Circle 


Plain and Embellished commercial felt poppies

Lynn's poppies

Plain and Embellished commercial felt poppies Sue's poppies

Hand knitted garter stitch poppies with decorated centres

Knitted Poppy

Hand crocheted poppiesLorraines Poppy by Marg


9 Responses to TEACHERS

  1. Nat Scalia says:

    My son is travelling to Gallipoli next year to sing in the Dawn Service. we are planning to make poppies to take with us to the Museum over there

    • 5000poppies says:

      Lovely Natalie,
      We have had a number of people make poppies and take them to Gallipoli … such an honour for your son, and an amazing opportunity.

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  3. Ann Anglin says:

    My adult daughters were lucky enough to win a place in the ballot to attend the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing next year. I am so excited to hear about the 5000 poppies project that I am asking my Grade Five children to make poppies for Remembrance Day next week and then I will collect them and send them on to the poppy project, as well as make some beautiful poppies for my lovely daughters to wear at Gallipoli next year. It will be such a special time for them to spend together and something they will cherish and pass on to their families in the future. Ann.

    • 5000poppies says:

      Fantastic Ann … love that this project has been taken up by so many people. Your daughters are lucky to be going to Gallipoli … it’s a sacred place.
      Enjoy making. We look forward to receiving your poppies in due course.

  4. Narelle Butler says:

    Are the Fed Square workshops still on the same days in 2015?

    • 5000poppies says:

      Hi Narelle,
      Can’t see where I have responded to this.
      Yes Fed Square workshops are on in Feb, March and April … 2nd Mondays.
      Hope to see you there at some stage.

  5. Caroline Geraldton says:

    I’m making poppies but the date above says 2015. Now I don’t know what I’m making them for?
    Thanking you

    • 5000 Poppies says:

      Hi Caraline,
      We are now making poppies for an installation at the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day 2018. It will be rather spectacular. However, they will be in the elements for 5 weeks from October – November, and I am afraid that the felt poppies will not withstand the weather 😦
      so for this project, we need knitted and crocheted poppies only.

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