America's Best Craft Contest WINNERS!


America's Best Craft Contest WINNERS!

Americas Best Craft Contest WINNERS

See the WINNERS of America's Best Craft Contest!

Designers who attended the h+h americas Networking Event hosted by Prime Publishing in June 2022 were invited to participate in America's Best Craft Contest. They created beautiful tutorials for the chance to win up to a $1,000 cash prize! 8 entries were featured, and the winners are below!

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted an entry and who voted in the contest.

America's Best Craft Contest WINNERS!

1st Place: $1,000 Cash Prize

Quilted Puzzle Play Mat
by Betsy Burnett from

From the Designer: "Who doesn’t love driving their toy cars through the city? What if you could change that city every time you drove through it?? Created with colorful fabric, fusible interfacing, Velcro©, and some DIY iron-on appliqués, this Quilted Puzzle Play Mat is sure to be ever-changing fun for your little ones. The best part, it folds up to fit in a diaper bag or backpack! Little one doesn’t play with cars? Instead of appliquéing a city….how about a jungle scene with toy animals, a castle scene or alien planet to land on with your spaceship... the only limit is your imagination!"

This project featured fabric by Clothworks, rotary cutter, see thru ruler, and heat proof mat by Omnigrid, and embroidery needle and quilting pins from Dritz.

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Quilted Puzzle Play Mat
Quilted Puzzle Play Mat

2nd Place: $500 Cash Prize

DIY Travel Soap Saver Pouch
by Cheryl Boglioli from

From the Designer: "Traveling is exciting...except for making it through the TSA security line. Trying to get my toiletries to all fit in one 1-quart zip-top bag is my greatest travel challenge, so I've been looking for ways to minimize my liquids. Carrying bar soap and shampoos help, but let's face it, they get slimy in a zip-top bag. My solution is to create a small, waterproof fabric pouch that is still breathable. You can also create your own DIY Soap Saver Travel Bag with basic sewing skills and laminated fabric. PS. I felted my bar soap. Voila! Now I have a built-in washcloth."

This project used rotary cutter and ruler from Omnigrid and mini clips from Dritz.

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DIY Travel Soap Saver Pouch
DIY Travel Soap Saver Pouch

3rd Place: $250 Cash Prize

Copper Harbor Neck Warmer
by Vicky Pietz from

From the Designer: "The Copper Harbor Neck Warmer is perfect for keeping your neck warm on chilly days. Make one for yourself or give it as a gift to someone special. With just a few basic stitches, you can create this stylish and functional accessory. This project is a great way to use up leftover yarn, and it's perfect for winter. In this post, I'll share the pattern with you, along with some tips on how to make it. I hope you enjoy it!"

This pattern featured Curio Universal Yarn and ergonomic crochet hook from Prym.

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Copper Harbor Neck Warmer
Copper Harbor Neck Warmer

About h+h americas

h+h americas is the platform for the North American Handicraft Industry. This trade show is the sister event of the German h+h cologne, the world’s leading trade fair for the handicrafts industry.

h+h americas is a B2B trade show with a digital marketplace. The event is open to anyone who makes a living in fiber arts, regardless of background or industry sector. 

h+h americas is an all-inclusive industry event uniting all types of handicrafts. Become part of h+h americas by exhibiting, taking classes, sourcing for new products, or participating in our event program. 

NEW in 2023, h+h americas will serve as the complete platform for the hobby, craft, and artists’ supplies industry, making the leading event that will unite the creative community.

Make your plans now, June 21-23, 2023, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont!

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