America's Best Craft Contest 2023 WINNERS!


America's Best Craft Contest 2023 WINNERS!

Americas Best Craft Contest 2023 WINNERS

See the WINNERS of America's Best Craft Contest 2023!

Designers who attended the h+h americas Networking Event hosted by Prime Publishing in June 2023 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! 11 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

The Keep It All Together Bag
by Carolina Moore from

From the Designer: "This Keep it All Together Bag is perfect for holding all of your favorite sewing notions! Designed with a pin cushion at the bottom, this keeps the bag upright and is the perfect place to secure pins and needles. The strips down the side are for holding binding clips, and secured into the top of the bag are metal plates for your Sew Tites! Tuck your scissors, thread, and other notions in the bag and zip it up for the perfect sewing bag on the go! Zip open the bag to access everything inside! This is a fun bag to make and to use - it is so handy for adding bindings, hand sewing, English Paper Piecing, and all your sewing projects!"

This project featured the Hold Tite Folio Kit and magnetic sewing pins from SewTites.

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The Keep It All Together Bag
The Keep It All Together Bag

2nd Place: $500 Cash Prize

Upcycled Art Apron from Lion Brand Yarn Swag Bag
by Betsy Burnett from

From the Designer: "Who hasn’t received a swag bag from a trade show. This win win piece of promotional giveaway allows the company to have some publicity while you have some place to store the treasures you collect from the show. At the recent h+h Americas show, I received adorable swag bags from Lion Brand Yarns. When the show was over, I could have just repurposed as a new grocery bag, but the bags were not only adorable, but the plastic coating on the provided a bit waterproof protection. I wondered if I could destine these bags for a higher calling. The idea to upcycle them into an Art Apron began to form."

This project used swag bags from Lion Brand Yarn, Lites and Minis magnetic sewing pins from SewTites, and the “See More” Hands Free Magnifying Light from ViviLux.

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Upcycled Art Apron from Lion Brand Yarn Swag Bag
Upcycled Art Apron from Lion Brand Yarn Swag Bag

3rd Place: $250 Cash Prize

Light Up Table Top Christmas Tree
by Carol Hladik from

Learn to crochet the Light Up Table Top Christmas Tree with this free pattern from Carol Hladik!

This pattern featured Homespun yarn and 24/7 Cotton yarn from Lion Brand.

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Light Up Table Top Christmas Tree
Light Up Table Top Christmas Tree

Thank you to h+h americas and our networking event sponsors!

About h+h americas

h+h americas –

A premier trade show for today’s business environment.

The place where creativity meets business.


The annual h+h americas in Rosemont, IL is the premier event for the North American Handicraft Industry and the sister event of h+h cologne (Germany), the world’s largest trade fair for the crafts sector.

Designed for the B2B community, this trade show is unique as it offers a physical trade show in combination with a digital marketplace open to any professionals of the crafts industry. Unlike other events, h+h americas operates without any membership restrictions and offers seasonal products and services to the entire crafts sector carefully timed for buyers in May 2024.

The 2023 event featured 263 exhibitors from 22 countries and attracted 2,560+ attendees from all 50 states and 41 countries.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity by exhibiting, attending, educating yourself or others by taking part in the conference program.

Mark your calendar! May 1-3, 2024 (Wed-Fri) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont, IL. We hope to see you there!

h+h americas

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