It's definitely one of the most rewarding parts of the whole kite flying thing, when you launch your kite and it gets up into the sky and flies like it should do. It takes time and a bit of persistence to make a home made kite fly, but it's well worth it.
The very best made kites that we have ever seen, have been made by hand, in someone's living room. Not necessarily in a fully kitted out workshop with all the fancy sewing machines, cutting benches, and specialist cutting tools.
We recommend when looking to build a kite, that you take a good look into what the basic designs are, how they work, and also what the characteristics are that you would be looking for. Lets say you wanted to build a kite with your child, and you want something that's traditional, or to rekindle some nostalgia, you may look into a Diamond shaped kite. Diamond kites are gentle flyers, they move around the sky steadily and they look like a kite should look. However if you were looking for a kite that can lift a digital SLR camera for Kite Aerial Photography, you will need to consider something cellular. Cellular kites, either box kites or sled kites, it does not matter... with some sort of a cellular section to the kite, the air tunnels through and holds steady without the kite swaying to far. Typically delta conynes are very good for this, they offer a wide platform, with a box section to the front.
Then take a look into the materials you wish to use, weigh up the options for your fabric and frame. If you're building the diamond kite with your family, the main goal is for it to look good and fly... if you want a kite for KAP, you'll need performance materials to get the best results. For basic builds quite often the economy cloth and fibre glass frame will be ideal, whereas for higher demand kites, you may need to think about using a stiffer and lighter carbon frame, and also a lighter weight cloth, such as 48g Mirai - This is the same cloth that Peter Lynn uses for their power kites, it's tried and tested with great results.
Do some digging, find out what you want to achieve and what the kite needs to do..