Sewing a Puppet Show
June 3, 2010
I love making presents for kids but I often need inspiration to find just the right project for each child. After a recent invite to a kids party I decided to dig through my sewing books to find something special for a soon-to-be 2 year old with an older brother. I found a puppet show in my Bend The Rules Sewing book but it required way too much sewing so I cut back on the sewing and crafted a pattern for my own. This pattern is height adjustable and fits doorways up to 32 in wide. If you want to craft it for wider doorways, take the difference between your doorway and 32 in and add that to all the width measurements of the pattern pieces-- add half to each top curtain (i.e. if your doorway is 40 in. that is a difference of 8 in to add to the width and 4 in to each top curtain width). The pattern hangs with 2 tension rods and you can move it up or down depending on the height of your child. You can find the pattern here.
I recommend quilting cotton be used for this project but you can add in some linen or satin as a substitute for either the curtain or valance fabric to snazz it up!
Fabric.com also offers some super cute puppet patterns that will start your kids imaginations running. Check out this monkey here.
And don't forget the after party. Dress your kid as a puppet show star in Oliver + S's puppet show Tunic and shorts. This is one of my favorite patterns by Leisl. I haven't made it yet because my little one just started walking but it is high on the "To Make" list
Check out our great quilting cotton section for a great choice of complimentary prints if you are bold enough. Or find a solid and print that will really make your puppet show come alive. I think my next puppet show will feature a funky floral print and some mini polka dots.
Enjoy- Tara Miller
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