Thursday, January 28, 2010

Puppet Show Curtain

I saw a puppet show curtain how-to online at some point in the past and thought it was cute, maybe a "Someday" kind of thing. I added it to my ever-growing list of bookmarks and forgot about it. Then, last summer, when the sun wasn't setting until 10 PM and my children were going to bed while it was still light outside, we switched the curtains in their bedroom to blackout curtains. This gave us four nice-looking curtain panels in really good condition to find uses for, and I immediately knew I wanted to make the puppet show curtain with one of them. Here's how I did it (almost a full year later!):
  • I used this tutorial from Country Living as my inspiration, but did a few things differently.
  • I cut a 14x18"rectangle out of the middle of the curtain. I cut it way lower than I should have because I sometimes don't think things through all the way before acting. You know that old saying, "Measure twice, cut once," well my version is, "Don't measure at all, cut, then say 'Shoot!'"
  • Using this amazing tutorial from Dollee, I attached bias tape all around the inside of the opening instead of the ribbon the CL tutorial called for. I don't like raw edges!
  • I hemmed the edges of my stage curtains with a double, 1/4" hem.
  • I used the leftover bias tape to make the stage curtain ties instead of ribbon.
  • I bought a $2.00 tension rod from Target and put the curtain up in a narrow hallway. It could also work in any doorway, and is completely portable. The CL tutorial wanted you to attach ribbon loops to the top corners and put nails in your doorframe--which I would never do! Besides, then what was the point of starting with a curtain??
  • We enjoyed a delightful puppet show that very night.

The whole process took all day for me, but only because I did it in bits and pieces. It really only added up to about 2 hours of work, and only cost as much as a tension rod.


  1. Awesome! I would play with that!

  2. It turned out cute! Ours is out of fleece, no hemmming and much less sewing. take a peak: