Future theatrical superstars will love showing off their creative talents with this cute pop-up theatre. Just hang in a doorway, then roll it up and store it away for the next performance. And it’s so simple to make – no hooks, no nails and very little sewing.
Gather your supplies
• 1.5m x 120cm thermalbacked striped curtain fabric
• 1m x 112cm printed fabric
You’ll also need
Sewing machine with thread;pencil; ruler; tape measure; scissors; craft glue; iron-on bias hemming tape; iron; 2m x 28mm satin ribbon; 1.5m pompom fringing; Extend-a-Rail tension curtain rod; sewing pins; puppets
Note: These instructions are for a standard doorway measuring 82cm wide. Adapt measurements, if necessary.
Step 1 Remove selvedge along 1 long edge of curtain fabric. Measure 82cm across and trim panel to this width.
Step 2 To create casing for curtain rod, fold over about 8cm along top edge of fabric and sew in place about 5mm from cut edge (ensure curtain rod fits within casing before sewing).
Step 3 Working directly on back of fabric, measure up a window in centre (ours is about 10cm down from top fold, 45cm high, and 20cm in from both sides). Using scissors, cut a small nick in middle of window space, then cut across to 1 ruled edge. Continue to cut out window along all ruled lines.
Step 4 From printed fabric, cut 2 curtains, each 43 x 112cm. To create hems, fold over about 1cm of fabric on all edges of both curtains and using an iron, press to crease. Fix in place with iron-on hemming tape.
Step 5 Matching side edges, glue curtains to top edge of window on striped fabric, placing them over casing stitching line. You could also glue sides of curtains in place, but only do so as far as bottom edge of window.
Step 6 Cut satin ribbon into 2 equal pieces. Draw back each curtain to reveal window and secure with bows.
Step 7 Measure and cut pompom fringing to match theatre width, then glue along top edge of curtains. Measure, cut, then glue a second strip of fringing to bottom edge of window.
Step 8 Slip puppet theatre onto curtain rod. Extend rod to fit doorway and secure in place. Grab your puppets and let the show begin!