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Old 09-03-2007, 11:02 AM   #136
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Hancock's has Disney fabric on thier site.

I can't sew, but I'm going to try to make a few Fish Extenders.

http://www.hancockfabrics.com/shoppi...=0&viewAll.x=1
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:57 PM   #137
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A lot of people had really nice fish extenders on our cruise. I don't have a sewing machine, and really didn't have the time to hand-stitch one (plus, frankly, I'm just not that creative), but I wanted to participate in the fish-extender gift exchange. So, I went to Michael's and got two 6" canvas bags in lime-green for 99 cents each, and hand-stitched the handle of one to the bottom of the other one. I intended to put some appliques on them or other decorations, but really ran out of time, so all I did was put a couple of buttons that I had had made to give out with our cruise logo on them. I tied the bags to the fish outside with a ribbon from a gift that we had in our cabin, but I had also brought a cloth ribbon to use.

This worked out fine for us. This is nothing fancy, but I wanted to show that you can put anything out there that has a pocket & it can be used. Someone on our cruise had paper bags, and they worked perfectly.

Here's ours with some of the gifts we got hanging from it:



And here's how it looked next to our door.



You can click on the pics for a bigger image.

We gave out magnets & pens that I had made especially for the cruise (we also handed out those pens at our DIS Meet - there were a plethora of them). We got as gifts - dice and beads from Vegas, pin from Oklahoma and some paper, post-it notes that said Rome-ancing the Mouse (our logo from our cruise), taffy from New York, magnets for our door, a UK flag, bottle opener from the Coliseum, more candy, shaped soap, postcards, and other gifts of that type. These were really nice to receive each day. I also got a postcard from a non-DIS neighbor who saw my magnets on my door and gave me a postcard from his native Gibraltar. I thought that was so nice, so I gave him one of our pens. All of the gifts were nice, and I especially liked the ones that represented the area where they were from, and the small gifts of the places we had been, and the magnets that were inside jokes (like the paper of Sally with her propeller hat sitting next to the Pope.

Participating in the Fish Extender exchange really added to our trip.
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So today I went shopping for the material to make my fish extenders.

I'll make one for my nephew and wife's room too.

Can somenone show me what the back looks like? Do you just take the base material and use it on the front and back?

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Old 09-03-2007, 08:18 PM   #139
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So today I went shopping for the material to make my fish extenders.

I'll make one for my nephew and wife's room too.

Can somenone show me what the back looks like? Do you just take the base material and use it on the front and back?

Thanks
I cut a 9"x27" piece of base material x 2. I put them right sides in and added a batting and sewed them together leaving a 2 inch opening and turned it right side out. I also included the ribbon in the sewing on the top leaving the ribbon on the "right" sides when sewing them in. I used the batting to make the base a little stronger; you could go without it if you want. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-03-2007, 10:41 PM   #140
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Has anyone thought of making a 2 sided one? I am thinking about trying this, one side that we will use most of the cruise, the other for pirate night.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:15 AM   #141
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So today I went shopping for the material to make my fish extenders.

I'll make one for my nephew and wife's room too.

Can somenone show me what the back looks like? Do you just take the base material and use it on the front and back?

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I used the base material for the back of mine. I used bias to finish the edge. I made my own bias, but you can buy it pre-packaged too.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:16 AM   #142
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Has anyone thought of making a 2 sided one? I am thinking about trying this, one side that we will use most of the cruise, the other for pirate night.
I love this idea!!! I just might have to do this!!!
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:46 PM   #143
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:49 PM   #144
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Here's the one we used in July. The "P" "D" "Q" represents the last names of the 3 families that cruised together.

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Old 09-07-2007, 02:17 PM   #145
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Here is one I just bought from Ebay for $5.99 + tax! Hope I linked it right. I don't really know how to do this stuff!
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Here is one I just bought from Ebay for $5.99 + tax! Hope I linked it right. I don't really know how to do this stuff!
It's cute but I think it's going to be too wide. It's twice as wide as the recommended size and may hang out into the hallway.
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Still somewhat confused???

I understand what the fish extenders are and that they are for mail, but do you have to be part of a certain "group" to participate? how does that aspect work? TIA
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:32 AM   #148
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When you use the zip tie to secure your fish extender, to what on the fish to you attach the zip tie to? Looking at the fish itself, I can't see where you would put a zip tie.

Also, what are some of the things that people give in fish extenders. I think this is a neat idea but I can't think of anything to give that people would like.
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I wrapped the zip tie around the back of the fish, where it is mounted to the wall, and through the hanger on the fish extender. Then either cut it off or wrap the extra around the back of the fish. It worked well and you couldn't really see the tie.

As far as gifts, we were on the 11 night med cruise and had 27 rooms participating in the fish extender gift swap. Some ideas were custom pens with our cruise logo and cruise date. (see July 28, 2007 Rome...ancing the mouse, on the meet board), a deck of disney playing cards, magnets and pins with our logo but you could also use any Disney character, postcards from hometowns or ports of call, a small package of pasta picked up at one of the ports, A small bag of "pirate" things including stickers and pencils etc.., glow sticks, candy, key rings, pads of paper, sticky notes, mardi gras type necklaces, a british flag, dice, and lanyards.

It was great fun to check the fish extender as we returned to our room. You never knew what would be in the pockets waiting for you.
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I understand what the fish extenders are and that they are for mail, but do you have to be part of a certain "group" to participate? how does that aspect work? TIA
The need for fish extenders happened because groups of DISers on particular sailings included a lot of people/cabins (hence the need for more 'room' for treats). These folks all 'met' on their Cruise Meets thread here on the DISboards and a group of people interested in the treat exchange were formed. Now people who are traveling with their own family/friends group that have multiple cabins do extenders for their group of cabins too.

So yes, you would need to be part of a group of people who agreed to do an exchange.
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