The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2019

Showcasing and supporting the UK’s amazing array of designer-makers is a huge part of Mollie Makes’ ethos. Celebrating craftsmanship and creativity is so important to us, as is discovering new talent, so we’re delighted to be launching the sixth annual Mollie Makes Handmade Awards.

It’s our opportunity to shine a spotlight on those people turning their passion for handmade into a way of life, and highlight the amazing things they do.

The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards are free to enter, and open to residents of the UK and Europe. The closing date is 11.59pm BST on Monday 3rd June 2019, and shortlisted finalists will be invited to present to our amazing judges at Hotel Du Vin in Bristol on the 8th July!

Our chosen finalists will join us for a day of hands-on workshops, inspirational talks, panel discussions and photo walks with some of the UK’s best-loved creatives.

Mollie Makes Awards 2018 winners

What qualifies as handmade?

Your products must be handcrafted by you or your team (other than entries for our Handmade Champion Award). This means you haven’t tailored, restored or repaired them, or assembled them from a kit without substantial alterations being made to the original design.

How do I enter?

Create a Pinterest board entitled ‘Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2019’ and pin at least five pictures of your projects, bricks and mortar space, illustrations or creative services from your website or blog. Use the ‘Description’ box of the board to tell us about your business, and the categories you’d like to enter. Then, invite us to view it by emailing through Pinterest’s ‘Send Board’ button. Here’s an example.

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, enter by emailing all the info detailed above (attaching at least five low-res images) to

Create a winning entry

Team Mollie share what they’re looking for when shortlisting the Pinterest board entries…

“Use your board description to share what you do, telling us all about you and your brand. This space is where you can really sell yourself, so don’t miss out on the opportunity! Add as much information as possible, tell us your story, and make sure to clearly list the categories you want to enter.” Yvette Streeter, Editor.

“Make sure to include your strongest images, and don’t just stop at five! You could share your most-liked posts on Instagram, your best-selling products – anything that really communicates your work and who you are as a brand.” Sarah Malone, Art Editor. 

“Think about what makes you different from other creatives in your category, and use your entry to showcase that. I know it can feel awkward promoting yourself, so ask friends and family what they’d say to champion you!” Lindsey Newns, Commissioning Editor

Which category is for you?

There are six categories and we’ll shortlist three finalists for each. You can enter more than one category if you feel they’re relevant to your handmade business.

Best Small Business Award

If you’ve got a start-up, a side hustle you’re trying to grow, or a small handmade business that’s been trading for less than three years, this is the category for you to enter.

Best Established Business Award

Enter this category if you’re a full-time creative with an established handmade business that’s been trading for over three years.

Best Illustrator Award

Championing talented new illustrators is hugely important to us, and this award category recognises those artists turning their work into a creative enterprise.

Best Workshops Award

This award celebrates the designer-makers out there sharing their skills and passion through workshops, inspiring others to pick up a new craft or technique.

Handmade Champion Award

Be it a craft blog, a bricks and mortar shop, an online boutique, or the team behind a great campaign or Instagram hashtag, this award is intended to recognise the people promoting, supporting and championing all things handmade.

Best Product Award

Got a stand-out product people love? Submit a picture via your Pinterest board, and we’ll put the shortlisted finalists’ products  online, giving Mollie Makes’ readers the final vote.

Who’ll be judging my presentation at the finals?

We’ve curated a panel of industry experts (and Mollie faves!) to help us choose a well-deserved winner from each category. Joining Mollie Makes Editor Yvette Streeter on the judging panel are:

EJ Osbourne of Hatchet + Bear. EJ creates beautiful products and furniture from foraged wood using heritage crafts, and also shares his skills through woodland woodworking courses. Known for championing simple tools and traditional methods, EJ’s also an author and BBC TV presenter.

Reena Rai, Influencer Marketing Manager at Pinterest. Reena leads Influencer Marketing in the UK and Australia, and previously worked on digital marketing for huge brands such as Harrods. She also has a well-established side hustle as a fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger, and is passionate about emerging British design talent.

Suzanne Harmer of This Modern Life. Suzanne set up her modern décor shop for babies, kids and homewares after trying (and failing) to find everything she wanted for her little one’s nursery online. Selling Scandi-inspired goodness from a range of designer-makers, Suzanne and her shop champion indie handmade brands.

Katie Leamon. Founded in 2010, Katie’s luxury card and stationery brand is stocked across the world in stores such as Anthropologie and Selfridges, but stays true to its small-scale roots. Katie still designs their gorgeous products from her North London studio, and they’re hand-finished at her family-run studio in Essex.

Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons. We’re thrilled to announce that Tilly will be attending the day as our guest judge and keynote speaker. Tilly started her blog nine years ago as a way to share her passion for making clothes, and finally quit the day job in 2013. Since then, Tilly’s sewn on BBC’s GBSB, grown her brand into a hugely successful business, authored two books, and inspired countless people to start sewing their own me-made wardrobe. What a legend!


And what do I win?

Our prizes are chosen to help develop you and your career, from expert mentoring sessions to opportunities to work with brands such as West Elm, The Handmade Fair, and of course, Mollie Makes!

Best Small Business Award

The winner of this category will get the opportunity to host a pop-up shop at a West Elm store, a two year membership to Designers / Makers, providing business support, PR and more, and a starter advertising package in Mollie Makes.

Best Established Business Award – In association with The Handmade Festival

Our Best Established Business will receive a stand at The Handmade Festival at Hampton Court Palace from 13-15th September 2019, a one-to-one mentoring session, and the opportunity to host a Mollie Makes Instagram takeover.

Best Illustrator Award – In association with New Designers

This year, you’ll win a stand at the One Year In showcase at New Designers 2020, a curated showcase of the most promising designers, a mentoring session with designer Katie Leamon, and a paid opportunity to design the papers or Good Read illustration in Mollie Makes.

Best Workshops Award – In association with West Elm

The Best Workshops winner will have the chance to host one of their workshops at West Elm store, win a mentoring session with EJ Osbourne of Hatchet+Bear, and also get the opportunity for a feature within Mollie Makes magazine.

Handmade Champion Award

Our Handmade Champion will win a Pinterest bootcamp to up their pinning game to the next level, a mentoring session with business owner and judge Suzanne from This Modern Life, and get a Q&A feature on the Mollie Makes website.

Best Product Award

We’ll help you showcase your winning product across Mollie Makes’ digital and print platforms. The winner will have their product shot and styled by the talented Mollie art team, get a post on the Mollie Instagram grid, and be included on our Mollie Loves news pages in the mag.



Winners of Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2018

Small Business AwardButton and Blue
Established Business AwardKatie Jones Knit
Handmade Champion AwardThe Fibre Lounge
Best IllustratorHolly Maguire
Best WorkshopsKyle Lane
Product of the YearWildflower temporary tattoos, Little Paisley Designs

Winners of Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2017

Start Up AwardLucy Tiffney
Established Business AwardRosa Pietsch
Handmade Champion AwardJoanne Hawker
Best IllustratorJacqueline Colley
Best workshopsEsther Thorpe
Product of the yearDoughnut pattern weights, Oh Sew Quaint

Winners of Mollie Makes Handmade Award 2016

Youth AwardEllie Kate Gray (Sew Cool Dolls)
Start Up AwardSusie Dorman (One & Eight)
Established Business AwardZeena Shah
Creative Idea AwardLucy Davidson (Peas & Needles)
Handmade Champion AwardKate Underdown and Rachel Walker (The Fold Line)

Winners of Mollie Makes Handmade Award 2015

Youth AwardStephanie Ann Woolven
Start Up AwardHannah Rampley
Established Business AwardNikki McWilliams
Creative Idea Award, Allison Sadler’s #MakeItSewcial
Collaboration AwardHelloDODO and Designosaur YEAH‘s George chameleon necklace

Winners of Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2014

Start Up Award, Sarah-Jane Brand (Hejsan Goods)
Established Business AwardJane Foster
Social Enterprise Award, Emily Whitesmith
Creative Idea AwardCrafternoon Cabaret Club
Youth AwardCrafty Queens

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All images by Will Ireland