Over the weekend, we went to a birthday party for a special 2-year-old that we know. It was a complete blast– we even got to run through the sprinkler…and when I say “we,” I definitely mean my daugher+me, haha. I think the last time I ran through a sprinkler, I was in elementary school!
As a gift, I decided that I wanted to bring something handmade. I perused my Play pinterest board and settled on this doorway puppet theater, which I have been itching to make for my own little girl. The original blog post about the theater doesn’t have a tutorial, so together with my husband, we puzzled out the details of how to construct it. (It doesn’t seem that difficult at first, until you start to consider the window portion… and it wasn’t until much later that I realized that the one in the blog post has a window edged in bias tape.)
With Husband’s help, we developed a method that worked great, and it didn’t take too long to sew this one up.
There are two dowels– the theater hangs from the top one, and the second one is just under the “stage” opening to give support. I gave the new owners a length of ribbon from which to hang the theater, but they could also replace the dowels for tension rods, if they find ones the right length for their doorways.
I made velcro tiebacks that are disguised as buttons…
And the curtains close for scene changes.
I LOVE how it turned out. I can’t wait to make one for my daughter, too!
P.S. After the whole thing was finished, I picked up Amy Karol’s book (it was on her blog where I saw the original theater idea) and discovered that it has directions for making her version! So, if you’re interested in making one (a slightly different version from mine) yourself, check out Bend the Rules Sewing.