Eliann: You Design & Make

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The next best thing to designing and making myself is to see the things others design and make. This page showcases work you have made. Thank you for sharing your designing and making projects with me. Find out how to get your work featured on my website


Eliann was the winner of my 2016 Product in a Tin competition winning a sewing machine for her school as well as lots of textiles related goodies for herself.  

Eliann's product was a reusable shopping bag that folds up into a pocket created by clever folding of the bag. It is made of a lightweight nylon fabric and uses hand and machine appliqué as well as buttons to create the foxes face. A clever drawstring across the corner of the bag means the bag can fold away into a small pouch. The bag uses French seams on the inside and has shoulder length straps. 

Eliann's product was chosen as the winner because of high level of skill and challenge and quality finish to the product. It was also chosen because it is an unusual design idea that is commercially very marketable. The information on Eliann's application form was also taken into account when choosing a winner. She describes how her product meets user needs that now exist because of the new carrier bag law. She says this has created the need for shoppers to have small, reusable bags that are functional and easy to carry around with you all the time but which are also fun and appealing. 

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Eliann won a Husqvarna Viking H Class 100Q sewing machine for her school which normally normally retails for £300. She also won a big bag of prizes for herself. 

Find out more about the machine Eliann won for her school


Watch the video below to hear Eliann & her teacher, Mrs Lenton, talking about the competition entry.

Eliann is studying textiles at GCSE and aims to go on to study A levels and then a degree in a textiles related area and is particularly interested in a career in costume design for the theatre. 

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