The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2018

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 fifth annual Mollie Makes Handmade Awards. It’s our opportunity to shine a spotlight on those people turning their passion for hand making 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 Wednesday 6th June 2018, and shortlisted finalists will be invited to present to the judges at Dead Dolls House in Islington on Monday 9th July 2018, so make sure to keep the date free!

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 Handmade Awards 2018

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.
Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards - how to enter

How do I enter?

Create a Pinterest board entitled ‘Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2018’ 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 five low-res images) to Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards

Create a winning entry

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

“Make sure your board description includes the category you’re applying for, and background about both you and your brand. This is your opportunity to tell us who you are and what you make, so share your passion with us!” Yvette Streeter, Acting Editor.

“The entries that grab my attention are the ones with strong visuals. Good photography helps you stand out, as does a consistent brand identity. Think about what’s unique to your work, and use images which convey that.” Helena Steele, Senior Art Editor.

“As well as including a variety of images, make sure to utilise the captions. Each one is an opportunity to communicate more about the image, as well as your style and ideas, and helps us get a feel for your brand.” Lindsey Newns, Commissioning Editor.
Mollie Makes Handmade Awards - which category to enter

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

In association with The Handmade Fair

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

In association with West Elm

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.

Enter and you could win…


Best Small Business Award

A pop-up at West Elm’s new Westfield store, a £250 voucher for online training with The Design Trust, a Pinterest bootcamp, and a starter advertising package in Mollie Makes.


Best Established Business Award

In association with The Handmade Fair

A stand at The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace from 14-16th September 2018 worth £545, a year’s membership to The Design Trust Business Club worth £250, a telephone mentoring session with Keith Brymer Jones, and a Mollie Makes’ Instagram takeover.

Best Illustrator Award

A day of learning with Etsy, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Kitty McCall shop and studio with owner Catherine Nice, a paid opportunity to design the bonus papers or Good Read illustration in an issue of Mollie Makes, and a Q&A feature on the Mollie Makes’ blog.


Best Workshops Award

In association with West Elm

The opportunity to host a workshop at West Elm’s new Westfield store, an online course with The Brand Stylist worth up to £295, a feature in Mollie Makes about your workshops, and inclusion in the Mollie Makes’ online diary each month for a year.


Handmade Champion Award

A one-to-one blog mentoring session with Kat Molesworth, founder of Blogtacular. A day of learning with the UK Pinterest team, a feature about your business, blog or campaign in Mollie Makes, and a Q&A feature on the Mollie Makes’ blog.


Best Product Award

Your winning product shot and styled in the Mollie Makes’ photo studio, a news story showcasing your product in Mollie Makes, a post on the Mollie Makes’ Instagram account directing more than 135,000 followers to your product, and inclusion in the Mollie Makes’ online Crush Catalogue.


Plus, all winners will receive a year’s magazine subscription to Mollie Makes, worth £77.87!

This year’s judging panel

Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards judges - Keith Brymer Jones

Keith Brymer Jones

Keith is a master potter, BBC2 show judge, and director at MAKE International.


Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards judges - Fiona Humberstone

Fiona Humberstone

Bestselling author and entrepreneur, Fiona is also the founder of The Brand Stylist.

Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards judges - Catherine Nice

Catherine Nice

Catherine is the graphic print designer behind colourful homeware design studio Kitty McCall. 

Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards judges - Zoë Pearson

Zoë Pearson

Marketing lead for Pinterest in the UK, Zoe looks after everything for editorial trends to campaigns.


Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards judges - Kat Molesworth

Kat Molesworth

Entrepreneur, coach and photographer Kat also runs creative business conference Blogtacular.

Mollie Makes' Handmade Awards judges - Anna-Denise Floor

Anna-Denise Floor

Anna Denise is senior manager of Europe at Etsy and leads the UK seller growth team.


Winners of Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2017

Start Up Award, Lucy Tiffney
Established Business Award, Rosa Pietsch
Handmade Champion Award, Joanne Hawker
Best Illustrator, Jacqueline Colley
Best workshops, Esther Thorpe
Product of the year, Doughnut 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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