Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · Domestically Creative

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedy Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts

I was partnered with Dione from Clever Chameleon in AUSTRALIA!! How amazing is that? We both have traditional Christmas trees and decorations, and we both love hand-made and ornaments that have a story.  I read more about Dione through her blog and discovered she is a keen and absolutely amazing quilter, so I knew I would make something using fabric..  Not sure whether it was a clever idea as I am not very good with sewing…. Also as it is travelling all the way to Australia, I was a little apprehensive about sending something fragile in post! Check out Dione’s amazing creations on her blog

As I decided to do some fabric related ornaments, I purchased some cute Christmas fabrics.  I am no quilter so that was out of the question straight away, but I did enjoy making some suffolk puffs (or yo yos in US) and thought they would be perfect for a cute Christmas ornament.

I decided to make not one but TWO ornaments – a Christmas tree and a Candy cane, but you can make whatever you want.  I traced the circles and cut them out of the fabric.  I then stitched all the way around the circle keeping the stitches evenly spaced, then pull the puff and secure the thread. To see step by step guide on how to make suffolk puffs, click here.

Once you have enough suffolk puffs made, you are ready to assemble them.  I used some cardboard and felt for the backing.  I glued the suffolk puffs to make the correct shape and then embellished them.  Don’t forget to add the ribbon (hide it between the backing and the suffolk puff.


And here it is! I hope Dione will love them!

FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.

19 thoughts on “2017 ORNAMENT EXCHANGE & BLOG HOP

  1. So much lovely decoration ideas. We are also working on Christmas decorations and small presents for family and friends. Have a look at our ideas!

  2. Oh Evija! Did you really send me two ornaments?!! You are so sweet! Of course, I had to peek, but I’m glad I did. I love them already…. so very clever. And you couldn’t have known, but suffolk puffs have a special place in my heart, as my maternal Grandmother used to decorate some of her sewing with them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I do hope you will like what I sent you in return (and that it arrives soon!).

    1. Dione, my absolutele pleasure and I am so glad you like them.. Oh wow I can’t believe that about your grandmother, that is so nice and I really didn’t know but as soon as I looked through your blog I knew I wanted to make suffolk puff ornament for you for some reason! I really hope they arrive in time for Christmas and you can enjoy them!

  3. These are both wonderful, Evija! They look like they would be difficult, but your tutorial makes me -a person who never sews anything-think I can make them. Pinning to my Christmas Board.

  4. Those are lovely! I am just amazed at all the creativity I am finding with all these posts! It has been so fun joining in with the exchange this year.

  5. Those are so cute!! I love the fabric you chose for it.

    I participated in the #2017ornamentexchange too, my DIY wishlist is getting so long seeing all these cool tutorials!

  6. I love how you made these from yo-yos! You could make these in whatever color combination works in your own home. Great idea! I participated in the exchange too and it’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with!

  7. These are amazing! I have a bunch of fabric and I need to make some of these. Thanks for sharing your ornament tutorial on the #2017OrnamentExchange.

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