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Doorway Puppet Theater

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Entertaining kids is one thing. Entertaining kids in a way which excites their imagination and promotes their creativity is another.

That's why, when my brother asked me to make a Doorway Puppet Theater for our nieces, I was more than happy to lend my sewing skills towards a great gift for the little girls in my life.

Unlike a traditional, bulky puppet theater, a Doorway Puppet Theater hangs on an adjustable tension rod. This allows for it to be moved  to fit any doorway, and then rolled up for easy storage.


This tutorial will teach you how to make a pretty Doorway Puppet Theater for both you and your little ones to enjoy.
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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Heavy Cotton fabric
Nylon/Organza fabric
Scissors
Pencil
Ruler
Pins
Sewing Machine
Thread
30" long Wooden Dowel (1/2 inch diameter)
Adjustable Tension Rod (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005VGMJF2/ref=cm_sw_su_dp)


The fabric chart shows the measurements for the cotton and nylon fabric you will be needing. I strongly recommend raiding the remnants section at your fabric store, and buying around a yard of each of the fabrics (except for the red, which was around 1/3 of a yard).

Step 2: Marking your Seam Allowances

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Flip your fabric over so the wrong side is up.
Mark lines at .375" and at .75" and at 1.125" on the width ends of all your cotton fabrics.

Step 3: Folding and Ironing your edges

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Now that your seam allowances are marked, fold your fabric in twice, using your lines as guides.

Then take your fabric to the ironing board to press the newly folded fabric.

Do this for all your cotton fabric.

Step 4: Sewing the sides of your fabric

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Take all 5 cotton fabric pieces to your sewing machine and secure each of the sides of the fabric.