Christmas is almost here and we are busy finishing up all of our handmade gifts for our friends and family. For the last month we have been blogging lots of great gift ideas, with free tutorials and new patterns for all of you. Thanks for joining us for the journey! For the men in our life, we loved creating a simple leather tray for them to put spare coins, keys or anything else in their pockets. Read more about it HERE. For our favorite ladies we created The Favorite Tote. A beautiful large tote bag to carry all of the essentials! Didn't get a chance to make this? There's a new class happening in the new year to make this wonderful tote. Read more about the Favorite Tote HERE. We had so much fun creating the Best Friend Sleeping Bag for our kids' best toy friend! It's a fun add on to our Zipper Pouch Pattern and so adorable. Read more HERE. Not only is helping our children make gifts for the people they care about a great way to spend quality time together, but it's also a great way to get them to really appreciate the gifts they are given. Our felt pencil pouch is an easy and fun gift to make and give. Read more HERE. Who doesn't have a person in their life who is super hard to buy for because they seem to have everything? Makers especially seem to have everything they need, so we put together a list of items that every maker would love! See more HERE. Last Saturday we had our annual Handmade Giving Celebration and we had so much fun! We sipped hot cider and nibbled on treats while listening to great live music and learning unique wrapping techniques. We enjoyed working on make and takes together - creating garland from chalkboard fabric to add a little Christmas spirit to our homes and stitching felt trees on top of vintage car fabric for an adorable ornament. It was so good to see so many new and familiar faces! We had a blast with all of you, and we hope to see you again in the new year! If you weren't able to join us, not to worry! Our exclusive ornament kits (designed by our very own Bree Reetz!) are available in the shop and online while supplies last! Available in pink, blue and red. All of us at Modern Textiles would like to take a moment to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. We are so thankful for each and everyone of you and wish you a season of relaxation, thankfulness and creativity. - Connie and Roxanne and the rest of the MT team.