Our customers really identify with us. They become champions of our site. Many women have expressed that being associated with YouCanMakeThis.com gives them something meaningful, fun, interesting and rewarding in their lives. It's a creative outlet. They can also use the experience gained from the site to make and sell products, or to make them for their children
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Logan, UT (PRWEB) March 4, 2009
The tough economy means homemade gifts are back in style, and one web site, http://www.YouCanMakeThis.com appeals to crafty moms around the country. The site features instructions and patterns for all kinds of homemade gifts.
It's a do-it-yourself network where people share their expertise with downloadable guides that show moms how to making everything from clothes, to jewelry, handbags, crochet, and home décor items. They not only make gifts to give to others, but make money sharing their expertise with others.
In today's market, it's an idea that is thriving. "In December we ran a 'Thrifty Under 50' challenge where participants tried to make as many Christmas gifts as possible for under $50. It was a huge hit. We saw first-hand the impact of people wanting to stretch their dollars and using their creativity to do so," said Kim Christopherson, founder of YoucanMakeThis.com.
YouCanMakeThis.com appeals to moms - especially moms with young children - who enjoy making things for their kids. However, grandmas come to the site too, looking for things they can make for their grandchildren. Homeschoolers and Christian moms are also well represented.
Women go to the site to find things to make and save money rather than hitting the mall to buy gifts. Some make the clothes and other projects for their children, for friends or even to sell on sites like Etsy.com. Other women have become authors on the site and make money by sharing their expertise in do-it-yourself guides.
Customers love the site and publicize it on their blogs, in forums, and to other moms. "Our customers really identify with us. They become champions of our site. Many women have expressed that being associated with YouCanMakeThis.com gives them something meaningful, fun, interesting and rewarding in their lives. It's a creative outlet. They can also use the experience gained from the site to make and sell products, or to make them for their children," said Christopherson.
The site is full of hundreds of pictures that members took of the projects they made. Among the most popular: making clothes for kids.
"One popular pattern is for pants for boys or girls. It comes in a wide range of sizes from 6 months to size 10. You can download the pattern and instructions one time and make pants, shorts, or capris for all of the kids. Dress them up or down by using different fabrics and options. The guides are written in a way so it's easy for someone who has never sewn before to make them," said Christopherson.
Guides from CarlaC (http://www.YouCanMakeThis.com/info/authors/1039292498) and those produced by the You Can Make This team http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/authors/1039346126 are bestsellers. The guides are easy enough that even beginners can follow them. There are pictures, diagrams, patterns, and information to make the projects as clear and easy to make as possible. It prevents a lot of wasted time, money and frustration.
YouCanMakeThis.com is seeing success through empowering moms to share their talents. The words 'You Can Make This' are encouraging words in uncertain times. With over 200 authors and nearly 800 products, they're words moms are counting on.
YouCanMakeThis.com was created with the goal of serving the curious, "do-it-yourselfer" by providing high quality, easy-to-understand guides. Since 2006, designer-authors have shared their expertise in a variety of eBooks and downloadable patterns. To eliminate the hassle and waiting of shipping, all of the guides are in convenient eBook format. These easy-to-use electronic files are available to download immediately after purchase.
Founder Kim Christopherson encourages "everyday women" to share their expertise in sewing patterns, graphic designs, home decorating, and other DIY projects into crisp, clear eBooks. Her website boasts nearly 800 eBooks in 34 categories, each with helpful photos to virtually hand-hold anyone through each step of every project.
Get homemade gift ideas at YouCanMakeThis.com and start making your own gifts.