My girls love to put on a good show. Dancing, singing, magic, theater; it doesn’t matter. If you are willing to be an audience member they’ll have a show to share with you. My sister made them a doorway puppet theater years ago, but it was beginning to fall apart. It was time for a bold and bright update so I got busy!
Inside Out sparks so many emotions and thought provoking conversations with children. Every baby begins with Joy, but then Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear make their appearance and create the different emotions and reactions of every day life. I loved the movie because it shows how they all work together to bring out the best in each person. We can’t live life with Joy alone. There is a part to play for every emotion. Even Fear and Sadness because they keep us balanced, and keep us safe.
How do you help your kids sort through their big emotions?
DIY Doorway Puppet Theater
2 yards fabric for main
1 yard coordinating fabric for curtains and ruffle
22″x27″ fabric scrap for the window backing
Ribbon 2 (30″) pieces
Measure 26″ up from the bottom of the main piece and mark it with a pin.
Cut a 20″x20″* square out of newspaper or a paper bag to use as a pattern and place that on your main fabric for the window. Center the square and line up the bottom of it with the pin.
*If your doorway is a lot narrower than mine, you can adjust your window to be smaller if a 20″ window seems too wide. Ex: Cut an 18″ window and adjust the curtains, etc. to reflect the smaller measurement.
Now it’s time to hem and finish the inside of the window!
Fold each flap over 1/2″ and press. Fold once more, press, and pin in place.
Now to finish the bottom and the sides!
Fold the bottom and sides of your main piece 1/2″ and press. Fold again, pin, and sew all 3 sides.
Ready to finish the top of the puppet theater?
Cut 2 (12″x24″) rectangles. Double hem 1/2″ on all 4 sides.
The window backing is just a solid piece of fabric (I used white) to hide the kids behind the window! It hangs down behind and the kids hold their puppets up in front of it.
Cut out a 22″x27″ piece of fabric. Hem all 4 sides with a double 1/2″ hem.
Now it’s time to sandwich the main fabric, window backing and curtains.
Turn your main fabric over so that the right side is facing down.
Cut out a 42″ x 10″ strip of fabric. Double hem all 4 sides 1/2″. Create gathering (basting) threads by setting your machine to the widest stitch (my setting was a 4) and sewing 2″ from the top 2 times, leaving a few inches of thread on the ends for pulling the gathers. If that doesn’t make sense, you can check this out.