Some of you may know that my Grandmother is a seamstress, she grew up with a mother who had suffered though the Great Depression and taught her "if you can make it yourself, do it". My Grandmother started out making her draperies to spruce up her the bleak living room of her military housing. Eventually, one of the officers wives came by and saw her beautiful curtains and asked, "Where did you get those?" and my Grandmother told her she made them herself. This lady offered her money to make some curtains for her and eventually word of mouth spread and she ended up building a business from that one set of curtains. She ended up being the major "bread winner" of the family, and to this day still is extremely successful making draperies, pillows, bedspreads, etc for ladies (and gentlemen) who cannot do it themselves. Why do people like homemade stuff, because it looks better, the quality is controlled by you, and it just feels better to have something that was made FOR you. As opposed to in some factory with tired workers who are just trying to get their job done and go home. Knowing how to do one thing for herself has done wonders for my family, it has become a family business of those who know how to do these things for themselves. My mother worked in the business, my sister worked in the business, everyone has had their hand in this business.
My point is I am no stranger to a sewing machine or patterns.
You may think that you can't make all those things that you covet from Etsy (I know you are addicted as I am!) but you can you just need a guide, as a starting point. I know how to sew, but I see all these cute things available on Etsy and various other boutiques and like you I think "I wish I could do that" I could probably go to the store and get a pattern but I might not have time to search through all the patterns available for the one thing I wanted to make, and if I did find it those tissue paper patterns aren't durable in the slightest! This is where You Can Make This comes in, you download a small file from them and there is your pattern on your computer so you can print out and make your item today! Also, you can store this small file on your computer instead of in an overflowing box of patterns, where all that tissue paper won't shove back into the packet or is shredded beyond use because little hands love to help! (ugh!) So, your little one can help, and if something happens to tear, you can print it out again! No worries, no running back to the store, no more attempting to tape up that tissue paper so you can use it again.
Let me list some things that I have coveted that I have found on You Can Make This, How to Make Hairbows (I am a hair accessorries addict! I have 5 girls I would probably go broke buying all the cute bowes I want), Tutus (they are really cute, and I want one for everyday of the week for my youngest), Aprons (hey something has to make cleaning more fun!), and a Cupcake Pillow (I really love cupcakes). All of these would cost me a small fortune, but I can make most of these with just the cost of the pattern and fabric.
I have been able to try out Layered Tulle Twirl Skirt, "The Duet" Apron Set, and Treat Yourself from Head to Toe (a cookbook of great spa type items)! I haven't gotten around to finishing any of my projects (with 5 children time just doesn't seem to exist) but I can tell you that the instructions are very detailed, easy to follow and yes, You Can Make This!
Save yourself time waiting on shipping (and shipping costs), save yourself the extra cash on homemade items! You Can Make This is LOADED with guides from How to Sell things at Craft Fairs, to Plus Sized Clothing.
Christmas is just around the corner and nothing feels more thoughtful than a gift you made yourself! With the economy in the state that it is in everyone is tightening their Christmas budgets but that doesn't mean you can't give GREAT gifts! You can make gifts from the heart with love! Yes you can do it!
With any of these projects, the savings add up even more when you make multiple gifts from the same eBook. Plus, as you become more familiar with a project, the faster the present is made. Here’s a few ideas for the holidays on YouCanMakeThis.com:
Personalized Name Pillows • $6.95
The cute patchwork design is made even better because it is personalized for your loved one! Give a child a pillow to snuggle with or just as a cute addition to her bedroom decor! The eBook comes with the pattern, Alphabet cutouts and easy to follow instructions.
The Duet Apron Set for Adult & Child • $7.99
A perfect idea for a mommy in your life! Kids love to cook and they need supervision, so give the gift of handmade aprons to spice up cooking time!
Girl's Nightgown • $9.95
Boy's Night Shirt • $9.95
Cute Jammies for the kids, I love pajamas and who wouldn't love these?
Free Chef Hat Download • FREE
Hey, how about a chef hat to go with those aprons, I might even make one for my husband! Yes, it's even free Christmas just got cheaper!
These are just a small taste of Gift ideas that you can make with the help of You Can Make This. Try one guide from You Can Make This and you will be addicted to making things yourself and maybe one day you too will have someone asking you "Where'd you get that?"
Buy it: They have offered my readers a coupon code for 10% off your order (expires 12/1/08), just enter in MakeGifts in the code window when ordering!
Win it: The ladies at You Can Make This have been kind enough to offer up a giveaway for 2 winners to win a eBook of their choice ($20 or less)
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