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Old 03-14-2012, 06:14 PM   #1741
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Here's the FE I made but I have to admit I got the idea off of etsy.com. It was so cute, and I knew if I could find someone to do the embroidery I could sew one myself. I convinced a local shop owner to join in my madness, and he said he was up for a challenge. Normally he's stitching names on shirts and I had him stitching Mickey heads.

It turned out to be very long, so depending on how high the fish is our FE might just hit the floor. I figured I'd give the little babies walking by something to grab at.
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Here's the FE I made but I have to admit I got the idea off of etsy.com. It was so cute, and I knew if I could find someone to do the embroidery I could sew one myself. I convinced a local shop owner to join in my madness, and he said he was up for a challenge. Normally he's stitching names on shirts and I had him stitching Mickey heads.

It turned out to be very long, so depending on how high the fish is our FE might just hit the floor. I figured I'd give the little babies walking by something to grab at.
Very cute. As for hitting the floor...

Hopefully this can help. Here's my FE from our last cruise hanging in the hall on the ship. It is exactly 30" long PLUS the ribbon length at the top which was 12". You can use that for comparison on yours and try to determine how close to the floor yours will be.

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Old 04-05-2012, 09:24 PM   #1743
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Hey all -

I don't know if I am just over looking something or not, but I can't seem to find the SEWING directions for a FE. I tried searching the boards and just seem to end up going in circles or only finding no-sew directions.

IF anyone knows where I could find them, it would be greatly appreciated. Our cruise leaves in 2 months and we kind of need to get on that. hah!
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Absolutely love all the creative FE's. You folks are really talented. For those of us not so crafty and are all thumbs, I thought I would post ours. I found it on ebay. It is a Mickey diaper stacker. The Mickey has stuffing, so he is a little puffy. The opening is on the side. I may shorten up the bottom, as it is just my DH and I and we can share the pocket. I haven't figured out how to personalize it yet, but here is the photo.
Had to laugh! I have this same one hanging in my laundry room. He's vintage!
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:40 PM   #1745
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Hey all -

I don't know if I am just over looking something or not, but I can't seem to find the SEWING directions for a FE. I tried searching the boards and just seem to end up going in circles or only finding no-sew directions.

IF anyone knows where I could find them, it would be greatly appreciated. Our cruise leaves in 2 months and we kind of need to get on that. hah!
I saw directions recently on another board
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1690450 it is post #2

We leave in 21 days !!!
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I saw directions recently on another board
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1690450 it is post #2

We leave in 21 days !!!
Thank you very much for your help!
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:46 AM   #1747
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We Just got our FE yesterday and couldn't wait to show someone. We had a little help with the sewing from my Mother who is a quilter.
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so beautiful, thanks for sharing
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:09 PM   #1749
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Had to laugh! I have this same one hanging in my laundry room. He's vintage!
I paid about $5 on ebay. I'll definately have to personalize it somehow then. Someone may walk off with him.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:37 PM   #1750
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I paid about $5 on ebay. I'll definately have to personalize it somehow then. Someone may walk off with him.
Awww! That photo brings back memories! I decorated my son's room in Mickey and Friends when he was born, and we had that same diaper stacker! I found mine at a thrift store.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:55 PM   #1751
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Our first FE from our first cruise this past September I ordered from Etsy (I think stitchesnbows/stephanie???). We never intended to reuse our first one because I sorta knew if we continued cruising I'd probably make more. So our first FE said "The Sutton's First Cruise". Yep, not using that again. I don't have one of the super-cool embroidery machines so I can't do all the cool Disney font stuff or the fun embroidered appliques/graphics. Because of that, I knew I didn't want to make an FE that was remotely based on those beautiful designs. It would turn out looking like I tried to produce the same FE without the right tools. I understood that. So I knew from the start I had to come up with a theme or a design that I could really work for a lot of detail and utilize different techniques. And then my inspiration hit me. Pixar Up! One of our favorite Disney/Pixar movies.

The design elements evolved as my material arrived and I started working. I'll explain more as I go thru the details below.

So, I proudly present to you my completely from-my-brain (no laughing) Pixar Up! inspired FE!!!







THE DETAILS

The "cover" or as I seemed to dub it, The Name Plate (& hanging assembly). Like I said, I don't have a fancy embroidery machine. I have a nice sewing machine that I adore with my whole heart. ((I used hand-me-downs and borrowed for 15 years before I bought my very own.)) I have always had an artistic streak, an innate ability to find scale, sketch, paint, create, etc. If I couldn't embroider I had to rely on what I could do. I bought 1/2 yard of brown upholstery-weight fabric. I cut it to the dimensions I needed per my initial sketches of of my FE and ironed a chunk of interfacing to the back leaving 1/2 inch raw all the way around the edges. This was to stabilize the fabric (no more stretching or shifting) and give a more solid backing for the paint that was to come. I actually cut & prepped 2 of the name plates in case I didn't like the 1st one. I spent about an hour working out how to get my lettering the way I wanted it, make an elipse template, then do the actual to-scale sketch. I had some yellow transfer sheets (they sell these for quilting, I think) and simply traced the design onto the fabric. It looked like this:




Then I gathered up all the fabric paints I had, a few fine-tip paint brushes, mixed the colors to what I needed them to be, and painted away. There are 4 coats on each letter.




I know Ellie's adventure book has a little applique globe thing under the lettering and that was something I really struggled with. Initally I was going to find a graphic online that would work, size it to what I needed, print it on an iron-on transfer, then tranfer it to a little piece of fabric to stitch on. While I was sketching the name plate I needed a circle to give me a representation of the globe. I was digging around my craft stuff for anything the right size I could trace in it's place when I came across the extra leftover Ellie badges I made for one of my FE gifts last September. Those looked like this:




Well, the Ellie badge was exactly the right size to fit the space I had to fill on my name plate and it was one of those **duh!** moments. An Ellie Badge it would be!

When thinking of the hanging apparatus for the FE (this all actually came to mind when the whole thing was near completion) it wasn't hard to be hit by some fun details I could include. The dowel rod that you can't see is actually painted silver like Carl's cane. The tennis ball ends are wooden balls I got at Hobby Lobby then hand-painted. My poor little dog sat at my feet patiently waiting for me to give her back the tennis ball I borrowed to see the scale. LOL! Then there was the thought that the string that the FE hangs from should be a representation of the hose Carl tows his house around with. Miniature green hose is not easy to come up with. We ended up at Lowe's having the ever-patient employee roll the dozens of spools of wiring around to us for closer inspection over and over until we analyzed everything green and made our best selection. 6 feet of green wiring was purchased because I had no idea how much I'd need. I didn't end up using that much. Maybe 4 feet or so. So I have the hose but how do you make it look more like what it's supposed to be? I need a hose reel. Again, not something you readily find a miniature version of. I used a metal sewing machine bobbin. Yep, had to buy that package special for this project. My machine only uses plastic drop-ins. It's hard to tell but I did barely dip the opposite tail end of the "hose" in silver model paint for the hose tip.




Carl & Ellie's house was actually the very first thing I sketched for this FE. I printed a few screen shots off the computer to use for scale & color reference then completely free-hand sketched the house. I copied my sketch, resized it for my needs, then dug out my crayons (yes, I have my own crayons and coloring books that are MINE). I colored the house and outlined it. Then I did a high-res scan to capture the texture of the crayon. I played with the color levels a bit in the computer until I got it how I wanted it. Then, I printed the house onto a fabric inkjet printer sheet that had an iron-on backing (I did NOT know these existed until a week ago). Fabulous. I cut the house out all the way to the crayon line edges, pressed the picture onto a white upholstery-grade fabric, then cut out around it leaving a void to hand-stitch the house onto the FE later in the process. I stitched the balloon and house appliques on after all the pockets were attached by their bottom seams to the FE backing but not before the sides were attached. This made it possible for me to lay out the pieces where I wanted the to be (in relation to the pockets & other elements) and still maneuver my hands to hand-stitch. I deliberately used a contrasting thread and scattered, uneven stitch pattern because the FE needed to look like a little girl made it. It's a very intentional part of the theme.




Then there's the balloons. I thought the balloons were going to kill me. Originally I purchased a small remnant piece of fabric off eBay that had a graphic of balloons floating in the air. I was going to use this piece of fabric to make the top pocket out of thus representing the balloons that carry the house. When the fabric piece arrived I was in for a heckuva kink. The orientation of the balloon fabric was wrong. It was a rectangular piece. Instead of the balloons floating up, they would've been floating sideways. This forced me to make the balloons the way I should've done them from the start. Same way as the house. No shortcuts. Sketch, copy, resize, color, scan, print, press, and....oops....the balloons are not going to fit on just 1 pocket. Dangit! Time to improvise. I cut the balloon piece in half (I felt sick when doing it, actually). The balloons are stitched where you see stitching and then liquid stitch lines the cut edges all the way across. None of it was a fast process. It took a long time and the balloons were extremely tedious. Also, after attaching the balloons my oldest son commented that they needed some string. Oh yeah. So on the balloon pieces themselves, the little lines are drawn in with a fine-tip Sharpie. I initially drew the lines in from the chimney up to the balloons but didn't like how cheesy it looked. So I dug out some charcoal-colored upholstery thread and drove myself nuts for a few hours with actual strings. The stings are probably the element I'm least happy with in the end. I think I could've done better but by that time I was thoroughly irked with them and was tired of fooling with it. I'm not about to redo them either. So the strings are what they are. The world can just deal with it. LOL!




The names on the pockets were another part I thought about a lot. I knew I couldn't stitch or paint them right onto the cloud fabric because they'd be lost. And look half-done. What would a little girl do? Well, she'd probably lovingly spell out the names best she could with regular thread making sure her favorite boys each had their names in their favorite color. Again, deliberate randomness in the stitching and the lettering to express the theme. The name pieces were stitched on at the same time as the other elements.

The FE construction itself was easy-peasy. I could do that in my sleep. I did stabilize my fabric by fusing it to other fabric. The FE back is fused to the same white upholstery fabric as the applique elements. The pocket faces are fused to simple white sheeting. Also, to protect the backside of the stitching that holds all the little appliques on I ironed lightweight bits of fusible interfacing over the thread to add extra protection from objects going in and coming out of the pockets.

I'll leave you with a handful of my stack of sketches, colored pages, and templates.

This is TOOOOOO CUTE!!!!
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Thank you! When I finished it my husband smiled, said it was really great, then informed me he bets it gets stolen. A few days ago I showed it to my in-laws. My mother-in-law loved it but her first comment was, "You don't think anyone will steal this?" Of course I'll be firmly attaching it with multiple zip ties. Still, if anyone steals it I will hunt them down and.... -->. You get the picture.
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A Cruise Newbie here....Yikes... I need to make one of these and fast. We leave in a few short weeks and I have so much to do before we leave.

Is there a list for our particular cruise or do you just leave random gifts in others peoples FE's?
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A Cruise Newbie here....Yikes... I need to make one of these and fast. We leave in a few short weeks and I have so much to do before we leave.

Is there a list for our particular cruise or do you just leave random gifts in others peoples FE's?
Check the cruise meet thread for your sailing. Chances are that registration for the FE group closed several weeks ago.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:14 PM   #1755
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Is there a list for our particular cruise or do you just leave random gifts in others peoples FE's?
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Check the cruise meet thread for your sailing. Chances are that registration for the FE group closed several weeks ago.
Definitely check - we learned about FE's only weeks before our frst cruise and the group welcomed us anyway, even though the list had been closed for weeks.
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