The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

The highlight of the Mollie Makes team’s year, the Handmade Awards, took place with the winners announced at a fantastic do in London. Now in its second year, the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards celebrate all the wonderful people who turn their passion for handmade into a way of life. Editor Lara Watson tells us: “We packed the Proud Archivist on Regents Canal with our shortlist of bright stars from the creative community for a day of learning, entertainment, networking and pitching to our panel of industry experts, from Pinterest, Etsy and Instagram to name but a few. A crafty version of Dragon’s Den this was not! It was a truly inspirational day and a chance to meet mentors and grow blogs, businesses and confidence.”

About the awards

Since Mollie Makes launched 5 years ago, we have showcased the work of some of the best designers and makers in the handmade community. We believe in celebrating great craftsmanship and supporting creative entrepreneurship.

In 2014 we launched the first Mollie Makes Handmade Awards to celebrate all the wonderful people who turn their passion for handmade into a way of life, and this year it returns as a full day of workshops and mentoring from the likes of Pinterest, Pavilion Books, Crafternoon Cabaret and the Mollie Makes team for those shortlisted.

We have five categories and entering the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards is simpler. The closing date for entry is 11.59pm BST on 22 May 2016 and the shortlisted finalists will be invited to present to judges on 7 July 2016.

What qualifies as handmade?

Your items must be handcrafted by you/your team. This means you haven’t tailored, restored or repaired it, or assembled it from a kit without substantial alterations to the original design.

Mollie Makes Awards 2015


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.

Start-Up Award

For small handmade businesses that have been trading for fewer than two years.

Established Business Award

Small but established handmade businesses who have been trading for over two years. (In association with The Handmade Fair)

Creative Idea Award

An award to recognise an exceptionally creative idea or innovation in the handmade community – show us something we’ve never seen before!

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.

Mollie Makes Awards 2015


Youth Award

Mentoring from Leona Thrift-ola, founder of Lucky Dip Club in London* 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.

Start Up Award

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.

Established Business Award

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.  (In association with The Handmade Fair)

Creative Idea Award

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.

NEW! Handmade Champion Award

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.


■ A pair of Full Experience tickets to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair
■ A year’s magazine subscription to Mollie Makes, worth £64.87

All prizes to be redeemed before 16th June 2017. *Reasonable and agreed travel costs in the UK mainland will be paid for only where starred. Please read the full Terms and Conditions.

Follow Mollie Makes’s board Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2016 on Pinterest.

How do I enter?

Create a Pinterest board titled ‘Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2016’ and pin at least three pictures of your projects, bricks and mortar space, or creative services from your website or blog. Use the ‘Description’ box of the board to tell us about your business and the category you’d like to enter. Then invite us to view it by emailing through Pinterest’s ‘Send Board’ button. See our example board above.

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

Meet the judges

Allison SadlerAllison Sadler
The People Shop

From humble beginnings stitching at the kitchen table to becoming her own boss at the age of 17, Allison Sadler’s creative ventures have covered it all! Her 25 years in business have seen her start a successful clothing label to creating an online global crafting community. And now Allison’s on a mission to share her experiences through her creative business mentoring programme.


Jennie Smith

After tiring of her corporate marketing job in 2008, Jennie took a leap of faith and quit her day job to launch her own handmade business. Within 3 years she was making more through her creative business than she had in her corporate job. Fast forward to 2016 and Jennie has moved from Australia to London where she spends her days helping other creative entrepreneurs in her role as Community Programmes Manager at Etsy UK.


Kat Molesworth Mollie Makes Handmade Awards  JudgeKat Molesworth

Kat Molesworth is a photographer, web designer, social media consultant and entrepreneur. She is co-founder of Blogtacular and splits her time between managing the conference and working with small businesses. Kat can frequently be found buried in social media or planning her next venture. In her spare time Kat writes the blog Housewife Confidential. Kat lives in Winchester with her family.


Sinead Koehler Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2015 JudgeSinead Koehler 
Crafty Fox Markets

In 2010, Sinead started the Crafty Fox Market as a social enterprise to support designer-makers to sell their work. It takes place seasonally across London, showcasing a hand-picked selection of design-led, handmade products. Shaking up traditional craft fairs, this market incorporate a bar, DJs and workshops – nice! The team also run Crafty Fox Talks – a series of speaker led evening events to inspire creatives.


Zoe Pearson Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2015 JudgeZoe Pearson
Pinterest UK

Zoe Pearson is the Marketing Manager for Pinterest UK. Before joining Pinterest, she worked at Google doing Community for Google Maps and was an award-winning advertising copywriter. Hailing from Perth in Scotland, Zoe’s lived in London for two years and lived in Glasgow, Copenhagen, LA and Edinburgh inbetween. In her spare time she likes to dabble in screen printing and upcycling old furniture.


Meet Mollie Makes Handmade Award winners 2015

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards winner

Youth Award: Stephanie Ann Woolven

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards winner
Start Up Award: Hannah Rampley

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards winner
Established Business Award: Nikki McWilliams

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards winner

Creative Idea Award: Allison Sadler’s #MakeItSewcial

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards winner
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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