2016: 'Product in a Tin Textiles' Competition

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torch

What is the prize?

A Husqvarna Viking H Class 100Q sewing machine for the school the winning student attends. This machine normally retails for £329. The winning student will also win a smaller separate prize. There will also be runner up and teacher prizes. 

  • This machine is great for beginners as well as for more experienced sewers
  • It is compact, lightweight & easy to store with its own hard carry case 
  • Ideal features for beginners e.g. speed control, beeps if you forget to put your presser foot down when sewing, built in needle threader, needle stop up/down for easy corners and appliqué
  • Great additional features for the more adventurous sewer e.g. 20 built in utility and decorative stitches, buttonhole function, extra-high presser foot lift for stitching thick fabrics, fix function to tie off stitches neatly
  • Click here to find out more about this machine 

A HUGE thanks goes to Husqvarna Viking & Coles Sewing Centre who have sponsored the main prize.


Who can enter

Any mainland UK school or college student in year 7-13 (age 11-18).

Individual students can enter the competition and the entry doesn’t need to have been made in school. A textiles teacher (or other D&T teacher) will need to sign the form to confirm the age of the student and that it is their work. 

Teachers could also do this competition as a class project and submit a number of entries from a class.

As well as the main prize there will also be runner up and teacher prizes. 

Students should note the sewing machine prize is awarded to their school if they win but they will also receive a different prize just for themselves. 

Students can submit as many entries as they wish.


The design brief: What do I have to do? 

  • Create a ‘Product in a Tin’ made using textiles materials and techniques. The image below shows an example of a real product in the shops that has inspired the competition. Visit www.jolliegoods.com to find out more about the product. 

Jollie Goods
  • Click on the image on the right to see a #ThinkDo activity to help you think about the product that has inspired the competition
  • The product can use any type of textiles materials & can also include the use of some non textiles materials if you wish. The finished product must be predominantly made of textiles materials and techniques and must be able to be classed as a textiles product.
  • The product must be made using textiles techniques & must NOT be held together with glue

  • Your product has to fit in to a tubular tin that is the same size as a snack sized Pringles 40g tin. Scroll down to find out more about the tin.
  • You don’t have to buy a tin and can use the dimensions listed in the information below to help you create a mock up to check your product is the right size  
  • The product can be smaller than the tin but must be able to fit in the tin with the lid  losed. It can be rolled, folded or taken apart to fit in to the tin (but remember it must be a finished product and not a materials & components kit)
  • You can design & make any product you like but it must be designed for a particular user and have a purpose/function. You must tell the judges who the typical user is & what the product function/purpose is (you include this on the application form). 
  • Entries must be of a high quality with well executed techniques & a finished piece of work that looks attractive
  • Each entry must be accompanied by an application form. Note this is 2 pages long & includes information on who the user is for your product along with the product function. This helps the judges understand the product better. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for an application form. 
  • Entries MUST have the entrant’s name & contact details securely attached e.g. stitched on, written on, using a safety pin. DO NOT use paper clips or ordinary pins to hold the name in place. 
  • Make sure you read the ‘Terms & Conditions’ before posting entries.


The tin!

  • Your product has to fit in to a tubular tin that is the same size as a 40g Pringles snack tin or a 60g Nescafe Azera coffee tin. The Pringles can be bought from smaller supermarkets, petrol stations etc. and the coffee tin from larger supermarkets.
  • Don’t forget to clean your tin when testing to see if the product will fit!
  • You don’t have to buy a tin and can use the dimensions in the diagram below to help you create a mock up to check your product is the right size  
  • The product can be smaller than the tin but must be able to fit in the tin with the lid closed. It can be rolled, folded or taken apart to fit in to the tin (but remember it must be a finished product and not a materials & components kit


  • DON’T post the product in the tin unless it is easily crushable. Non crushable products should be carefully packaged up in an envelope as this will be cheaper for posting.
  • The purpose of the tin is give you a restriction on the size of the product. This gives you lots of choice on what to design and make but keeps the product small enough to post cheaply. 
  • Although the tin is not part of the competition entry you could choose to develop the packaging as an additional design activity just for yourself

Click here to download a sheet that gives you the dimensions of the tin (to print it to scale set your printer settings to 100%)




When is the closing date?

Monday 1st August 2016


Will I get my work back?

Unfortunately work can’t be returned because of the large number of entries received


Tips & advice on how to have a winning entry

These tips might help you create a winning piece of work:

  • The more unusual the product the more likely it is to stand out from the crowd & stand a chance of winning. Think carefully about the type of product you choose, the techniques you use, the colours, & the types of materials & components. 
  • Develop your own design idea & DON'T use existing logos, brands or copyrighted ideas
  • Consider how you might use colour, texture & pattern effectively. Don’t just go for traditional girly products, colours & patterns as there are likely to be a lot of entries from girls. 
  • Think about what designs other people might enter & what will make your work stand out from the rest? E.g. hidden sections, 3D areas, use of smart materials / components, use of e-textiles, 3D printing, laser cutting

  • Think carefully about the user of the product & its function/purpose when designing & use this information to help you design and make an appropriate product as well as using these to help you select the right materials, components & techniques. Why not do some research on gifts and other products that are packaged up in tins like the ones below. 


 To get ideas on products, users & functions scroll down to the sections below

Take a look at the past competitions entries 2015 and 2014 to get ideas on what makes a winning competition entry


Who might the user be for my product?

A user is the person who will use the product you have made. When designing you will have to think about the things they like as well as what their needs are. You will have to think about how these things will influence the design of the product, the materials used, and things like colour choices. Examples of users might be:

  • A person from a particular age group e.g. child, grandparent
  • An animal or its owner
  • Sports person e.g. swimmer, runner, footballer
  • Someone at work e.g. bus driver, fire fighter, paramedic, policeman, shop assistant
  • Someone doing their hobby e.g. musician, photographer
  • Someone going to an event e.g. traveller, holiday maker, festival goer
  • Think of a more unusual user e.g. an alien, a circus act, a zoo keeper, a superhero

Click on the images below to see #ThinkDo activities that might help you think about who your user might be.

userParamedic









What type of product might I make?

This is completely up to you! Think about different users and what their needs might be and what product you might make to meet these needs. Don’t forget your product also has to have a function/purpose so think about that when you are designing. Why not do some research and ask a range of users before making your decision?

The following list are ideas of example products that might fit into the tin size given:

  • Keyring
  • Torch
  • Jewellery
  • Clothing 
  • Bag
  • Toy or game
  • Luggage label
  • Purse
  • Anything that is textiles that will fit into the tin!

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see lots of ideas for products you could make


Where can I find ideas to inspire me on products I could make?

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see lots of ideas for products you could make. Don’t forget you must not just copy these ideas and should just use them for inspiration. When designing your product you will also need to think about who the user is, what their needs are, and what the function/purpose of the product will be.

Take a look at these Pinterest board for ideas on products:

https://uk.pinterest.com/textileshotline/textiles-project-ideas/

https://uk.pinterest.com/textileshotline/textiles-recycle-repurpose/

https://uk.pinterest.com/textileshotline/textiles-jewellery-hats-bags-shoes-adornment/

https://uk.pinterest.com/textileshotline/textiles-toys/

See other Pinterest folders at https://uk.pinterest.com/textileshotline/

There are also projects on this website that might inspire you (don’t forget you mustn’t just copy the idea but must come up with an idea of your own). Take a look at some of the e-textiles projects which have instructions you can download for free (you don’t have to include e-textiles in your product but the ideas might be a useful starting point). You might also get ideas from the e-textiles projects to buy (you don’t need to buy the project, just use images to kick start your ideas).


What might the purpose/function of my product be?

The product function and purpose refers to what the product does and when it might be used. Some examples might be: 

  • To protect something
  • To aid communication
  • To carry something
  • To display something
  • To improve someone’s quality of life
  • To help someone relax
  • To help stop someone from losing something
  • To help someone learn something 
  • To promote something e.g. a charity
  • Any other purpose/function you can think of!

Click on the images below to see #ThinkDo activities that might help you think about the function of your product.

gardening glovesuser









Notes and resources for teachers

Jollie Goods
  • There are a range of ideas on this page to help you think about how you might develop the competition in to a classroom activity. This includes 5 #ThinkDo activities to help get your students thinking about users & needs, products & functions & the Jollie Socks product that inspired the competition. Scroll up the page to see them.  
  • This year’s competition aims to give students more freedom to design and make what they want for their entry rather than them having to make a particular item as in previous years. 
  • The competition is inspired by the trend for the products to be sold in a tin. Examples of this are the socks sold in a tin on the www.jolliegood.com website as well as the gifts in a tin on the www.applestopears.com (although note these tins have kits in them rather than finished products). The tin is part of the product and adds to its aesthetics and overall appeal. Students may be able to use these websites, along with similar products, as part of their research. 

  • For the competition the tin acts as a restriction on the size of the product rather than being part of the product itself. This gives students freedom to design what they want but keeps the product small enough to post cheaply. The tin must not be posted as part of the entry (unless it is needed to prevent the product from crushing). Don’t forget to get students to wash their tin before putting their product in it!
  • Although the tin is not part of students entry teachers could get students to develop the packaging design for the tin as part of the project in school. Activities could also be done looking at the volume of the tin and comparing this to other shapes of tin. 

  • The brief can be interpreted in any way and products can have an art textiles slant or be more technical in appearance as long as they are designed for a particular user and have a function/purpose.  
  • Students should be encouraged to be creative and to bear in mind their product needs to stand out from the rest, both in terms of ideas and quality of execution. 
  • Teachers can use the competition as a whole class module of work. As a longer module students can go through the design process e.g. researching users, developing ideas, prototyping and testing ideas, making and evaluating their product. For a shorter module teachers could select a limited number of design activities before students make the product. 
  • As well as a whole class activity the competition could be used as part of a takeaway homework, as an after school club activity, as a G&T extension task, or as a revision activity for year 11, 12 or 13. 

  • Students could also enter a piece of work from a current scheme of work as long as it meets the competition criteria. 
  • Students can also do all of the work independently and just get the teacher to sign their entry. The school still wins the main prize if the student wins even if the product was not completed in school. 
  • The competition is designed to fit into the KS3 D&T curriculum, particularly the focus on users and functional products with a purpose. Although the end product must be a predominantly textiles one non textiles materials can be combined with more traditional textiles materials. This fits in well with the broader knowledge of materials required for the new KS3 and KS4 curriculum. 
  • It is recommended that all students from a school don’t design and make identical products and that products are personalised in some way.
  • Teachers might want to run their own internal competition with the winners and runners up being sent off to the main competition. This means that students work will be recognised internally even if they are not a winner or runner up in the main competition. This will also reduce postage costs for the school. 
  • It is recommended teachers take their own photos of any work that is entered into the competition as the work can’t be returned. Teachers must make sure students understand that work can’t be returned. 
  • A teacher/school prize will be awarded where the entries from a particular teacher/school have impressed the judges, even if none of their students are a winner. This is usually awarded where there are a number of entries from a school that are consistently of a good quality. This prize aims to acknowledge the hard work of teachers who use the competition as a whole project

  • Make sure any entries that are posted are well packaged. An ordinary envelope is usually not sufficient and many of these type of entries arrive ripped with the products damaged. Padded envelopes work best. Wrapping packages with lots of tape also helps make them stronger.


Scroll down the page for an application form and to see ideas on what products you might design


Aims of My Competitions

  • To raise the profile of textiles and to get people talking about it
  • To motivate young people to think about textiles and to have a go
  • To provide prizes that provide schools with resources and equipment that helps them develop their curriculum
  • To provide teachers with project ideas, homework and activities that support curriculum development
  • To develop design skills, including: working to a design brief, interpreting a design theme, using inspiration, avoiding stereotyped and literal interpretations
  • To develop making skills, including: manipulating and handling materials, use of equipment, producing quality outcomes


Scroll down to the bottom of the page for an application form and to see ideas on what products you might design


Terms & Conditions of the competition

It is important you read the terms & conditions as you agree to these when you sign the application form:

  • The competition is open to students at school or college in years 7 - 13 (age 11-18)
  • All entries must be accompanied by an application form signed by the entrant, a parent or guardian & a textiles teacher (or D&T teacher if there is no textiles teacher). 
  • By signing the application form all parties are agreeing to bind by the terms & conditions listed below
  • The closing date for entries is Monday 1st August & this is subject to change without prior notice
  • The main prize of a sewing machine is for the school the winning student attends & not the student. A different prize of lesser value will be awarded to the student. 
  • Runner up & teacher prizes will be awarded at the judges discretion
  • There is no charge to enter the competition
  • Entries must meet the criteria listed in the competition information
  • Entries are non returnable
  • Entrants are responsible for delivering their work & receipt of entries can’t be acknowledged. If proof of receipt is required it is advised entries are sent by Royal Mail ‘Signed For’ or ‘Special Delivery Guaranteed’ 
  • Prizes are non transferable & there are no cash or alternative prizes
  • If the advertised prize is not available an alternative prize will be offered
  • There are no limits to the number of entries from individuals
  • The judge’s decision is final & no correspondence will be entered into
  • The prize must be claimed within one month of the winner being notified
  • The organisers can use the entries for any purpose without payment, including for research, advertising, display, in magazines & books & to raise money for charity
  • Signing the application form gives permission for an entrant’s photo, name, age, school & details to be mentioned in any advertising, displays, articles & books or any other format used by the organisers. 
  • Details of teachers & schools will be added to the mailing list for a weekly D&T newsletter. This can easily be unsubscribed to. 
  • Student, school & teacher details will only be used by Julie Boyd & the competition sponsors & won’t be shared with anyone else
  • Terms & conditions & application criteria can be reviewed & changed at any time by the organisers without notice
  • The competition is open to UK mainland entrants only


Scroll down to the bottom of the page for an application form and to see ideas on what products you might design


Who do I contact if I have questions about the competition?

Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk if you have any queries about the competition. Don’t forget to read all the information on this page first as the answers to your question might be there (you can also download the information on this page separately below)


Where do I send my finished entry to?

Send your finished entry along with your completed application form to:

Julie Boyd, 375 Hucknall Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 1FU

Notes on posting your entry:

  • Don’t forget to make sure your name & contact details are attached securely to your entry (e.g. stitched, written on or pinned on with a safety pin. Don’t use paper clips or ordinary pins)
  • Send your entry with the application form. Don’t forget there are 2 pages to the form. 
  • Don’t post your entry in a tin. Instead post it in an envelope. 
  • Make sure the package is well wrapped. Use a strong envelope, or a padded one, & put lots of tape around it to protect it. 
  • Entrants are responsible for delivering their work & receipt of entries can’t be acknowledged. If proof of receipt is required it is advised entries are sent by Royal Mail ‘Signed For’ or ‘Special Delivery Guaranteed’ 


Download an application form & other information you will need

Click here to download an application form

NOTE YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH PAGES OF THE APPLICATION FORM

A separate application form is required for each entry & the form has to be signed by both the student and a parent/guardian


Click here to download an information sheet about the competition 





Click here to download a poster you could use to advertise the competition





Click here to download a sheet that gives you the dimensions of the tin (to print it to scale set your printer settings to 100%)



Examples of products that might fit in to the tin

These are just a few ideas and there are lots more! Don’t forget you must not just copy these ideas and should just use them for inspiration. When designing your product you will also need to think about who the user is, what their needs are, and what the function/purpose of the product will be.


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