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Update: Addition to rule #4 – Please include a link to the ModCloth item your project compliments.

It’s that time of year again, time to start checking off that holiday shopping list. It can be hard to find everyone on your list just the right gift, and we all know the best ones come straight from the heart. We’ve paired up with our good friends at ModCloth to challenge BurdaStyle members to make a handcrafted holiday gift for someone you love and score yourself a sweet $100 gift certificate to ModCloth!

The rules are so simple you can count them on one hand:

1. Projects must be a fashion accessory. We’re thinking hats, bags, mittens, and even shoes. These small projects make great gifts!
2. Projects can be made by sewing, knitting, or crochet (or all three!).
3. Projects must be posted in your BurdaStyle studio, with “ModCloth Handmade Contest” included in the title (no email submissions please).
4. Projects should complement a ModCloth item. Check out ModCloth’s Handmade and DIY Section for inspiration! Please include a link to the ModCloth item your project compliments.
5. Projects must be made for someone you love (including yourself)!

You have until 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 21th to post your project. The ModCloth editors will narrow down the entries to their top 25 and a slideshow of the finalists will be up for voting on Tuesday, December 28th.

ModCloth judges will be searching for “ModCloth Handmade Contest” projects, so don’t forget to include the line in your title!

Two winners will be chosen – one based on votes of our members and one chosen by the ModCloth editors themselves – and each winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to ModCloth! Now how’s that for a giving and getting? The winners will be announced on January 4, 2011!

This contest is open to all BurdaStyle members. There is no limit to the number of projects “submitted” by each member. For full contest rules click here.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


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    Dec 22, 2010, 07.02 PMby scguevara

    Does anybody know how to vote in this contest?

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    Dec 22, 2010, 02.19 AMby jenyjenny

    Ok, I posted a couple of things in my studio—not sure how to link up to something in modcloth that compliments, but I had fun looking at the cool modcloth online catalog!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 09.48 PMby lizah

    wohoo can’t wait to enter!!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 05.48 PMby tinybows

    Cool! Can’t wait to start. I went into Anthropologie today and was so inspired by all the handmade looking things. I can’t wait to make something fun for my boyfriend’s mom!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 05.36 PMby DramaBB82

    Also, what does compliment mean? Like, we sewed a belt to go with a Modcloth dress? Or we saw a pair of mittens on Modcloth and then made similar ones that were inspired by the Modcloth mittens?

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      Dec 9, 2010, 07.19 PMby rachelnyc

      Yes, those are great examples. Good luck!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 05.32 PMby DramaBB82

    Upon reading the rules posted on Burda Style (which are a little more in depth than the ones on Modcloth), I guess we can’t use clothes that we made, but only literally accessories….It’s a little odd, though, because this is a sewing contest/site, but when you think “sewing,” you think clothes (not accessories). I mean, there’s hats, headbands, gloves and scarves, etc. But not much variety in what would qualify us since the item has to be SEWN or KNIT…..Oh well.

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      Dec 9, 2010, 07.18 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi DramaBB82,

      We decided on accessories instead of clothes, because these are great gift items. Accessories are easy to make and fun to give!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 03.27 PMby emlynn

    I made something for the contest, its a handsewn christmas ornament inspired by the ornaments on modcloth, but I suppose it has to be a fashion accessory for the contest? Either way I’ve got a great present for someone!

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      Dec 9, 2010, 07.16 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey emlynn,

      You’re right, it does have to be a fashion accessory. You’ve still got time to make something else for the contest though! :)

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    Dec 9, 2010, 12.07 PMby milkyway

    This competition is for all users or just the americans??

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      Dec 9, 2010, 07.12 PMby rachelnyc

      This contest is open to all!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 01.56 AMby reiththestud

    Can we accessorize an accessory with a piece of clothing?

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      Dec 9, 2010, 07.13 PMby rachelnyc

      Yep, pick clothing from ModCloth that would match your accessory. Good luck!

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    Dec 7, 2010, 11.42 PMby janecappyyahoocom

    i have already begun to make gifts, starting with a christmas apron for my daughter who is going to be doing the cooking this year

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    Dec 7, 2010, 10.39 PMby bola

    This is great! What a fun competition! There are so many cool items on the Modcloth website- I don’t know how I would choose!

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    Dec 7, 2010, 08.53 PMby leenute

    Can I submit accessory for men?

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      Dec 8, 2010, 04.09 PMby rachelnyc

      Yes, of course! Men need accessories too!

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    Dec 7, 2010, 12.15 AMby mademoisellemermaid

    Wowza…what a fun contest idea!! LOVE Modcloth…love handmade Holiday accessories:)!!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 09.48 PMby crocka

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see what people make :)

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    Dec 6, 2010, 09.16 PMby timallard

    OK, just posted my purse project I’m trying to finish for mom’s xmas present …

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    Dec 6, 2010, 08.28 PMby milnay3

    I added a bag to my studio a week or so ago. Can I resubmit it for the competition?

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      Dec 6, 2010, 10.10 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi milnay3,

      We’d like entries to be made especially for this contest, with inspiration from ModCloth. :)

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Dec 6, 2010, 08.16 PMby emily-marie

    nice! I’m making various things for friends & family so this is perfect!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 07.05 PMby kayemkay

    Can we post more than one submission?

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      Dec 6, 2010, 09.46 PMby rachelnyc

      Yes, there’s no limit. Good luck!

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