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2017 Winners

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2017 winners

2017 Competition Winner: Ellie

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Congratulations to Ellie from Wolverhampton Girls' High School who is the winner of the 2017 Product in a Tin competition. Ellie wins a sewing machine for her school as well as a smaller prize for herself. 

Ellie was a year 7 student when she designed and made her product at home as well as at school with her teacher, Sancha Wood. 

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Ellie designed and made a twiddle cuff for someone with dementia. She used a range of textiles materials and techniques, including crocheting the main part of the cuff, as well as using different textiles, metals and plastics for the different attachments. The product functions well, is attractive and has a great visual and tactile quality to it. 

Ellie May Hadlington

Ellie’s product was chosen because of the quality of the idea, as well as because of how well it had been executed. Although there were many strong entries to the competition this year Ellie’s entry stood out as the clear winner even against entries from older students (Ellie was in year 7 when she made the product). The supporting work Ellie sent with her entry also helped the judges understand the design and how it was inspired. 

Ellie wins a Husqvarna Viking H Class 100Q sewing machine for her school.  Ellie also also won a big bag of prizes for herself. 

Find out more about the machine Ellie has won for her school. 

Ellie Hadlington Prize Giving

Ellie’s prizes were formally presented to her in front of half of her year group although unfortunately her teacher was not able to be at the prize giving. In the photos above you can see Ellie being presented with her winning certificate, the sewing machine prize she won for her school, as well as a portfolio full of design related prizes, plus a big box full of other goodies that she won for herself.

It was really great to meet Ellie and find out more about the inspiration behind her winning entry. Ellie had been on a dementia awareness course with her mum, which had given her the idea for both a real design problem she could solve, as well as the user for her product. The designing element of the competition was started in lesson time and Ellie was so enthusiastic she went straight home and made her design using various materials she already had at home.

HUGE thank you to Coles Sewing Centre, Nottingham & Husqvarna Viking  who sponsored this fantastic prize. Check out the Coles Sewing Centre website or contact rose@colessewingcentre.co.uk if you are interested in this machine.

Runners Up


2nd place: Karishma Patel, year 8 student at The King’s School, Peterborough (teacher Catherine Shortt)

Karishma’s entry was a travel chess set with appliqué squares and laser cut chess pieces. On the reverse is a sublimation printed snakes and ladders game making the product versatile as a travel game. This entry was chosen because it was well made and uses a variety of techniques, all of which have been carried out by the student. The entry also combines textiles and plastic materials well. 

Chess set snakes and ladders


Joint 3rd place: Luke Rees, year 9 student at The London Academy, Edgware (teacher Val Hajioff)

Luke’s entry is a hamster bed made from denim, neoprene and metal hooks and decorated with embroidery. The entry was chosen because it was a very different product from the other entries so it stood out from the crowd. The judges also liked Luke’s clever use of neoprene to add structure to the bed so that it stands up whilst still being flexible. The neoprene can also be seen around the rim of the hamster bed entrance adding a nice aesthetic touch to the appearance of the product. 

hamster bed


Joint 3rd place: Maja Pawlik, year 9 student at Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone (teacher Gail Rawlins)

Maja’s entry is a jackalope child’s toy (a jackalope is a mythical animal from North American folklore which looks like a rabbit with antlers). The entry was chosen because of the high quality making skills, the number of techniques used and the complexity of making a small product. It was also chosen because of the way materials had been chosen and used, from the textiles fabrics and plastic beads, through to the use of paper wrapped around wire to create the antlers. This was one of the most unique ways that paper was used as a material in any of the entries. 


#InspiredBy (listed in no particular order)

Choosing a winner and runners up is always extremely hard and unfortuntely there can only be 3 main winners. This year instead of the ‘highly commended’ category, which acknowledges entry that just missed out on the top prizes, we have introduced an ‘#InspiredBy’ category. This was because there were a number of entries that didn’t meet the criteria to win a main prize but which stood out to the judges in some way. The particular element the judges found inspirational will be used as part of an #InspiredBy series of projects that will be developed over the coming months. 


Alexa Palmer-Wilcock, year 9, Pittville School, Cheltenham (teacher Hetty East). Beach mat with a secret safe buried under the mat, corner pockets for stones as weights & a flap to store clothes & create a pillow. Materials used: Textiles, plastic & metal


Darcy-Rose Edwards, year 7, Cathays High School, Cardiff (teacher Charlotte Braddick). Note book made from swimming armbands. The closure is a clever fastening & the fabric is used for waterproof pockets. Materials used: Textiles, paper & plastic.

can ring pull satchel

May Edwards, year 9, St. Clement Danes School,  Chorleywood (teacher Denise Firth). Memory stick wallet with a ring pull from a can used as a clever hook and eye fastening. 

map wrap

Francesca Reynolds, 
year 9, Newlands’ Girls’ School, (teacher Wendy Bennett). A 'map wrap’ with a map that is worn around the arm. The use of recycled plastic makes the map waterproof. Materials used: textiles & plastic. 


Parsa Jarvis, year 9, The London Academy, Edgware (teacher Val Hajioff). A flexible bookmark that can be curled over to create a book light. The bookmark uses e-textiles. Materials used: Textiles & metal

Doritos pencil case

Anna Rutterford, year 8, Kings School, Peterborough (teacher Louise Varty). A pencil case made from a Doritos packet, with Dorito themed appliqué and sublimation printing. Materials used: Textiles & plastic


Jasmine Lambert, year 9, St. Mary's School, Cambridge (teacher Maria Kakengi). A drawstring bag upcycled using the fabric from an umbrella. Materials used: Textiles & plastic

Merit prizes (listed in no particular order)

The following entries were awarded a merit certificate.

comfort kittenFidget spinner

unicornActivity mat copy

Kacper Dyndesz, year 8, Cathays High School, Cardiff, fidget spinner case for attaching to a belt (teacher Charlotte Braddick) Materials used: textiles, plastic, metal

Shara Nicholson, year 7, Longsands Academy, Saint Neots, comfort kitten (teacher Natalie Doyle) Materials used: textiles & plastic

Megan Killington, year 9, Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone, activity mat (teacher Gail Rawlins) Materials used: textiles, plastic, wood, metal

Sian Chen, year 8, Pittville School, Cheltenham, unicorn keyring headphone wrap (teacher Hetty East) Materials used: textiles & metal

crochet rose keyringPC Pot teddy

Sushi playfooddogcoat

Eleni Agiannidou, year 7, Longsands Academy, Saint Neots, crochet keyring (teacher Natalie Doyle) Materials used: textiles, wood, & metal

Callum Laing, year 9, The London Academy, Edgware, policeman teddy who comes with a quiz about keeping safe (teacher Val Hajioff) Materials used: textiles & plastic

Ellen Melville, year 9, St. Clement Danes School, Chorleywood, dog coat using textiles and recycled plastics (teacher Denise Firth) Materials used: textiles & plastic

Evie Wilson, year 7, St. Mary’s School, Cambridge, Sushi play food (teacher Mrs Pink) Materials used: textiles & wood

Sock dogDon't worry bear

Megan Rafferty, year 7, Wolverhampton Girls High School, Wolverhampton, crochet ‘Don’t Worry Bear' (teacher Sancha Wood) Materials used: textiles & plastic

Charlie Collins, year 7, Hardenhuish School, Chippenham, sock dog toy (teacher Paula Colley) Materials used: textiles & plastic

Teacher prize

This award (and a small prize) goes to Val Hajioff at The London Academy in Edgware for her entries created by year 9 students. A number of things stood out about entries from the school. Firstly there was the range of different types of entries from students, including the use of e-textiles and electronics, as well as other unusual ideas. Entries were from a range of abilities, but it was clear, even with weaker entries, that students had worked hard and put a lot into the projects. Judges also liked how the products embraced the broader material focus of the competition brief, as well as using real life design problems, much of which came through in what the students wrote on their entry forms. 

London Academy

Other entries

Here’s a selection of other competition entries. Can you see yours? 

If you can’t see yours, why not enter again next year to see if you can get your work on this page. You never know you might win a prize!

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Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition. It has been a real pleasure to see the work of so many students and teachers. I know many schools also ran the competition as an internal school competition with only the best entries being sent to me so thanks also to those students who took part in the competition at their school. 

What will happen to the entries?

Unfortunately entries can’t be returned but they will be displayed at various events I am running across the country over the next year for teachers. 

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