The Toronto Star asked it’s readers how they keep their Poppy in place. Here’s were some of the responses they received!
Cut off a small piece of an old wine bottle cork and attach it to the end of the poppy pin.
Rob Kondur, Oakville
Weave it in and out a couple of times, making sure to use gravity as your friend (point the pin down rather than up). Above all, if you carry a purse, don’t let the strap rub on the poppy! It will dislodge.
Kristin Szabo, Ajax
I pin my poppies beside the thick cloth of or seam of my lapel. This being said, if I lose one, I’m proud to buy more. What’s a loonie compared to what the poppy represents? Veterans need our support and respect. The $5 or $6 I might spend during November is a pittance compared to the price many of them paid for all Canadians.
Don Leddy, Toronto
My mother has a way of pinning on a poppy that never fails. She has a souvenir gold pin of Parliament Hill which has one of those round squeeze closures on the back. She uses this instead of the straight poppy pin as it fits nicely on top of the black portion of the poppy.
Becky Cowling, Georgetown, Ont.
Thread the pin through the front to the back of the lapel and secure the shaft of the pin with a long thin piece of duct tape. No insy-outsy pinning, just straight through. My wool coat suffers no damage and the tape holds the pin securely and safely.
Theresa Lennon, Toronto
Don’t be so cheap! Buy another one if it falls off.
Cathy Kaake, Brampton
It always makes me a little sad when I realize my jacket lapel has shed its poppy. I remedy that by using one of those cheap, rubber earring backings to put on the end of the pin. It grips the pin much better than regular metal backings.
Lindsay Jacobs, Toronto
The best way to keep the poppy from falling out is to pierce it through the heavier stitching around the edge of the button-hole on a jacket lapel, rather than through the button-hole itself. Then poke the pin back out the front of the lapel flap so about half the pin is showing on the outside. This should anchor it securely.
Sean Kirby, Toronto
Nothing will keep it from eventually falling off. That’s why I followed my 87-year-old father’s example. He replaced the pin with a tiny “cross” tie pin. I wasn’t able to find a cross, but I found a round, black tie pin that works beautifully.
Susan Ironside, Toronto
Once I pin the poppy to my jacket I slide the pin through the middle of a piece of an eraser. With the eraser positioned behind a poppy petal, it’s out of sight and it secures the pin – just like the butterfly backing of an earring (in fact, that would probably work, too!).
Carolyn Hawthorne, Markham
I have found the best way to pin a poppy is to have a veteran put it on for you. I have them do it every year, and every year it falls off the day after Remembrance Day.
Pam MacCollum, Breslau, Ont.
I cut a small piece of elastic and slide it over the pin. Keeps it in place, no problem!
I keep my poppy on with an eraser. It works perfectly with the eraser off the end of a pencil!
Brandon Kearney, Sault Ste. Marie
Take the original pin out and replace it with a safety pin. It won’t go anywhere!
Mary Gasiunas, Mississauga
I keep buying them. I always have a replacement.
Don Jones, Toronto
What are some ways that you keep your Poppy in place over your heart?