Have you ever heard of the You Can Make This website? I had seen it advertised on blogs a few times, but I never took the time to really check it out until I wanted to open my Etsy shop. Since copyright laws wouldn't allow me to use commercial (Simplicity, McCall's, Butterick) patterns to create items to sell, I had to find another alternative.
That's when I decided to check out YCMT. What I found really excited me! Not only were there lots of really cute patterns, many of the designers allow independent crafters to make and sell items using their patterns! This was just what I was looking for! I now had a source for patterns I could purchase to use for Joyfully Sewn Designs. I have now found other designers who sell their patterns and allow seamstresses to sell items made from them, but YCMT is still my favorite place to purchase patterns. Sometimes they will even offer coupons which is a blessing.
All the patterns on the YCMT website are pdf files which you download to your computer and then print. This works great for me. Now if I wear out my pattern pieces from much use, I can just print off another copy! I've also been able to get a smaller size when I needed it for a custom order just by printing the page at 80% instead of 100%.
You Can Make This website doesn't only offer sewing patterns. They have quilting patterns, knitting pattern, crochet, embroidery, digital scrapbooking, hair bows, graphic design, jewelry, and much more. Whatever your favorite craft is, you're sure to find fun projects at YCMT.
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