Makers in the USA: Best Children & Families (2017)


These 10 makers in the USA, nominated by a panel of maker movement gurus and voted the best in the nation by 10Best readers, craft creative items geared toward sparking the imaginations of the next generation of American makers.

  • Templeton Silver

    Templeton Silver
    Pacifier Clips

    Templeton Silver beaded silver pacifier clips transform into a keepsake bracelet for mom after your little one outgrows the pacifier stage. Each clip is made from naturally antimicrobial sterling silver, with 85 percent less bacteria than plastic or cloth clips.
    Photo courtesy of Templeton Silver

  • Joretta Knits

    Joretta Knits
    Knitwear for Children

    Crafted in the mountains of North Carolina, Joretta Knits are road-tested by real kids to ensure they're comfortable, durable and can be passed down from generation to generation.
    Photo courtesy of Joretta Knits / Etsy

  • Hemming Birds

    Hemming Birds
    Bibs and Burp Cloths

    A successful Kickstarter campaign launched Hemming Birds, a line of snap-bibs, bandanas, burp cloths and apparel made in small batches from original patterns.
    Photo courtesy of Hemming Birds

  • Cherry Brick Road

    Cherry Brick Road
    Modern Baby Apparel

    Even the littlest fashionistas will look great in the rompers, headbands, Harem-style leggings and dresses designed by Cherry Brick Road.
    Photo courtesy of Cherry Brick Road

  • Wash with Water

    Wash with Water
    Organic Baby Products

    Wash with Water Organics creates bath products and skin solutions with babies and kids in mind, including shampoo, body wash, bar soap and a whole line of products for mom.
    Photo courtesy of Wash with Water

  • Big Kiss Little Kiss

    Big Kiss Little Kiss
    Kids Clothing

    Big Kiss Little Kiss offers a line of modern, minimalist and fashionable pieces for kids. Each piece is ethically made in the U.S. from recycled or deadstock fabric.
    Photo courtesy of Big Kiss Little Kiss

  • Crook + Savvy

    Crook + Savvy
    Modern Baby Blankets

    "Modern blankets for modern moms" – that's the motto behind Crook + Savvy. This one-woman shop in California crafts round baby blankets, car seat blankets and adorable bunny-eared mini blankets for your little ones.
    Photo courtesy of Crook and Savvy / Etsy

  • Bela & Blue

    Bela & Blue
    Dog Accessories

    Our four-legged friends are an integral part of the family, so Bela & Blue keeps them looking their best with handmade padded dog collars and leashes.
    Photo courtesy of Bela & Blue / Etsy

  • Circuit Cubes

    Circuit Cubes
    STEM Toys

    Kids' creations come to life with Circuit Cubes, LEGO-style building blocks that can be combined with a host of other materials to illuminate a light, power a motor or activate a switch.
    Photo courtesy of Circuit Cubes

  • Woolbuddy

    Felted Animals

    Woolbuddy's fuzzy, fantastical creatures range from owls and penguins to sharks and jellyfish. DIY felting kits equip kids to make a Woolbuddy of their very own.
    Photo courtesy of Woolbuddy / Etsy


The top 10 winners in the category Best Children & Families Maker are as follows:

  1. Templeton Silver - Pacifier Clips
  2. Joretta Knits - Knitwear for Children
  3. Hemming Birds - Bibs and Burp Cloths
  4. Cherry Brick Road - Modern Baby Apparel
  5. Wash with Water - Organic Baby Products
  6. Big Kiss Little Kiss - Kids Clothing
  7. Crook + Savvy - Modern Baby Blankets
  8. Bela & Blue - Dog Accessories
  9. Circuit Cubes - STEM Toys
  10. Woolbuddy - Felted Animals

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Suzy Ekman (Makers Market), Erin Godbey (Makers Collective) and Mike Senese (Make: magazine) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of maker movement in the USA.

Congratulations to all these winning American makers!

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