Meet the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2016 shortlisters

Introducing the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2016 shortlist. Meet the creative start ups, established businesses and handmade champions who will be presenting their creative ideas and businesses to a panel of judges on 7 July 2016 at Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2016 (sponsored by Brother).

Big thanks to all those who entered and spread the word about the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards! The pinboards are in, email entries collected and the shortlist has been chosen. Please welcome the crafty makers and shakers of 2016…

Youth Award

For university students or recent graduates (graduated within two years of the closing date) who haven’t yet established their business but are full of creative ideas. The prize: Mentoring from Leona Thrift-ola, founder of Lucky Dip Club in Glasgow* or via a Skype chat, and a day of learning at the Etsy UK office in London*. PLUS an Enterprise Nation StartUp kit, an annual membership and an armful of helpful books.

• Jodie Smith
• Laura Macfarlane
• Ellie Kate Gray (Sew Cool Dolls)


Start Up Award

Awarded to a business in the handmade community established for a period of two years or less. A stand at a Crafty Fox Market in London, and a Business Starter Package to advertise in Mollie Makes. PLUS, a six-week online training package with The Design Trust, including two coaching sessions with founder Patricia van den Akker, worth £500.

Junk & Glitter
One & Eight
Sprig Knitwear


Established Business Award

In association with The Handmade Fair

Awarded to a small but established handmade business trading for over two years. The prize: A mentoring session with Kat Molesworth of Blogtacular*, or via a Skype chat. A stand at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace from September 16-18 2016 worth £522, PLUS admission to the Mollie Makes Shop to sell your products.

Zeena Shah
• Little Lost Soul
• Julia Staite
• Lara Görlach


Creative Idea Award

An award to recognise an exceptionally creative idea or innovation in the handmade community. The prize: A one-to-one coaching session with the UK Pinterest team. PLUS a feature in Mollie Makes and a weekend takeover of the Mollie Makes Instagram feed.

• Cotton Clara
• Finest Imaginary
• Peas & Needles


NEW! Handmade Champion Award

This new award recognises the people promoting and supporting handmade businesses, whether a bricks and mortar shop, online boutique, or the team behind a great campaign or Instagram project. The prize: A fantastic Creative Business Mentoring session in Birmingham* or via a Skype chat with Allison Sadler of Make it Sewcial. PLUS a feature about your business in Mollie Makes.

• The Maker Place
• The Fold Line
• Live it. Love it. Make it


The awards will culminate on 7 July 2016 at a filmed event at the Proud Archivist in London where the judges will pick a winner from the shortlist in each category. Keep tabs on the winners and judges by following #HandmadeAwards on Twitter and Instagram.