I think that there is a little difference.

I made it myself is a less formal and more usual way of saying I myself made it.

This emphasizes the fact that it would be usual for someone else to make the article, but instead, I did it, without help from anyone else.

When you say 'by myself,' it indicates either the state of being alone, or that something is being done by a baby or a child.

For example, we would say:

  • The hermit lives by himself in a ramshackle house halfway up the mountain.

  • Little Betsey is only four years old, but she can tie her shoe laces (all) by herself.

    On the other hand, we'd omit 'by' from these sentences:

    A: Mm! This cake is delicious, Monica. Did you get it at the Gourmet Fancy Bakery?
  • B: No. I made it by myself.

    A: Jack had a heart attack!
    B: Oh, how terrible!
    A: Yes. He didn't want to wait for an ambulance, so he got in his car and drove himself to the hospital (or, drove to the hospital by himself.
    _______

    This is not to say that sometimes we do use 'by' in situations like the ones I've described. But usually we don't.
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