You Can Make This - January Edition

Friday, Jan 18 - posted by Ericka

 We are beyond excited that You Can Make This.com is one of our sponsors!!!!  We are sure most of you have heard of this spectacular web store, and for those of you that have not, we apologize in advance for this new addiction! :) 

You Can Make This offers what has to be one of the largest collections of PDF patterns on the internet.  They carry patterns for practically everything and are stacked with cool features like instant download, your personal pattern library, and free patterns.  It really is an amazing site!

 

We asked You Can Make This.com how the owner Kim got started, here is her inspirational story:

The background story of YouCanMakeThis.com isn't widely known. In 2005, our founder, Kim Christopherson, was busy sewing personalized name pillows for customers buying boutique items on eBay. The pillows were very popular and soon she was swamped with orders, sewing every night in the combination sewing room and baby nursery in her home. Kim's husband, Ryan, came to her one late night and said, "what if you sold the instructions for how to make those pillows, instead of making them all yourself?" At first Kim wasn't sure. But, after some thought she decided to publish her pattern to sell on eBay. After a few months of that, she realized there were some drawbacks to selling downloads on eBay and decided to create a website built for pattern downloads.  And the idea for YouCanMakeThis.com was born.

Kim had friends in the eBay boutique community that were also swamped hand-making items. So, she recruited them to join her and YouCanMakeThis.com. Kim recognized that many new to sewing had using traditional patterns, so she stressed creating detailed, step-by-step guides with lots of pictures to show how to do everything. These detailed "eBook" guides (PDF documents) could easily be downloaded and used by anyone with a computer and internet connection. Guides were created, a website was made and YouCanMakeThis.com was launched in the summer of 2006 with about 12 authors.

We are certainly happy that YCMT is here!  Check out some of the exciting patterns they offer! 

 

Terrific Tee-Pees $8.95 Tree Hugger Draw-String Bag $6.00, Sweet Child Coin Purse $6.50, Mini-Sweater Boots $3.50
Princess Party Matching Game & Goodie Bag $5.50

 

You Can Make This has exciting plans for growth in 2013:

YouCanMakeThis.com has been evolving over the years to provide the very best online pattern shopping experience possible. Throughout 2013, watch for more enhancements to the website and exciting new pattern designers.

 You Can Make This also has a really cool feature where anyone can upload pictures of items they have made using patterns purchased from youcanmakethis.com. It's called "I MADE THIS".  It's really great to see how others have sewn up a pattern and what the outcome looked like.  It's great to see the fabric combinations that other people have come up with, and their opinions on patterns.  It's also nice to be able to connect with other sewers! :)


 

Did you know You Can Make This.com carries Violette Field Threads PDF Patterns???

 

 

 

We are delighted that You Can Make This is donating 3 gift cards for this amazing web store.  One Ultimate Prize Sewist will receive a $50.00 gift card!  Two more Grand Prize Sewists will receive $25.00 gift cards.  YAY!!!!

 

Ready to start saving today?

Our blog readers can also save 20% off any purchase over $20 with the coupon code "violette" now through february 14. Visit You Can Make This.com today to save!

Be sure to leave some love for You Can Make This!!!

Up next for tomorrow's blog post: Shabby Fabrics

Once again, the 5K Fan Giveaway begins January 29th, so mark your calendars and help us spread the word!!!

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