The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

Showcasing and supporting the UK’s amazing array of designer-makers is hugely important to us here at Mollie Makes. We love celebrating craftsmanship and creativity, discovering new talent and supporting the creative community, so we’re delighted to be launching the fourth annual Mollie Makes Handmade Awards. It’s our opportunity to recognise the talented people turning their passion for all things handmade into a way of life.

The Mollie Makes Handmade Awards is free to enter, and open to residents of the UK and Europe. The closing date is 11.59pm BST on 18th May 2017, and shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their businesses to our panel of judges at The Yacht London on Monday 3rd July 2017, so keep the date free!

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

Mollie Makes Awards 2015

What qualifies as handmade?

Your items 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 to enter?

Create a Pinterest board entitled ‘Mollie Makes Handmade Awards 2017’ 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 category 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


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 Start-Up Business Award

This is the category to enter if your small handmade business
has been trading for fewer than three years.

Best Established Business Award
In association with The Handmade Fair 

Enter this category if your small but established handmade business has been trading for longer than three years.

Handmade Champion Award

This award recognises the people promoting and supporting handmade businesses, whether that’s a bricks and mortar shop, an online boutique, or the team behind a great campaign, website or Instagram hashtag.

Best Workshops Award – NEW!
In association with West Elm

Crafting is all about community, and this new award celebrates the designer-makers passing on their skills and passion to a new audience with innovative and popular workshops.

Best Illustrator Award – NEW!

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

Best New Product Award – Voted for by you!

This is a new, online-only category, voted for by the readers of Mollie Makes. Submit your most popular product for consideration, and the winner will be chosen by the public online from our shortlist.


Best Start-Up Business Award

A £500 voucher for online training with The Design Trust, including online workshops, coaching or courses. A day of learning at the Etsy UK offices in London, a stand at a Crafty Fox Market in London 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 15-17th September 2017 worth £545 (plus marketing support worth £300), a Mollie Makes Instagram takeover, and a pop-up at West Elm’s Tottenham Court Road store. Plus, an hour-long Skype mentoring session with The Brand Stylist, Fiona Humberstone.

Handmade Champion Award

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

Best Workshops Award
In association with West Elm

A feature in Mollie Makes about your workshops and inclusion in the Mollie Makes online diary each month for a year. Plus, the opportunity to host a workshop at West Elm’s Tottenham Court Road store, and a one-to-one mentoring session with West Elm Marketing Manager Jessica Sims on how to promote your event.

Best Illustrator Award

A one-to-one mentoring session to help develop your creative business with illustrator Jane Foster, 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 New 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 110,000 followers to your product, and inclusion in the Mollie Makes online Crush Catalogue.

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

Meet the judges

Donna Wilson

Donna’s iconic designs have made her a household name, and all her products are made in the UK.

Fiona Humberstone

Author of How to Style your Brand, Fiona’s an expert at developing creative brands.


Jennie Smith

Community Programmes Manager at Etsy, Jennie spends her days working with creative businesses.

Jane Foster

Jane’s a renowned screenprinter and illustrator. Her products have appeared in Habitat and Ikea.

Kate Allchin
Pinterest UK

Kate’s UK Content and Community Manager at Pinterest, and oversees the brand’s social media.

Jessica Sims

UK Marketing Manager at West Elm, Jessica works to develop brand collaborations and partnerships.

Kat Molesworth

Photographer, trainer and founder of Blogtacular, Kat’s a pro at helping creatives find their niche.

Patricia van den Akker

Director of The Design Trust, Patricia is a creative business expert.


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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