Marionette Theater Pattern For 18" Dolls


Pretend play taken to a whole new level! Make this doll-size marionette theater for you and your dolls to put on a miniature marionette performance. This 16" x 12" theater is easy to make and folds up neatly for easy storage. The unique pocket design of the walls make the cardboard wall inserts easily replaceable. The back panel has a curtain with two additional backdrop options and the stage features working curtains. As a special bonus, this pattern includes instructions for making a single point and a 5 point marionette control rod with an adjustable handle specifically designed to be held by your doll. To help get started, we've also included a short little Christmas play you can use for your first performance.

Make puppets using any of the Cute Felt Patterns or a mini cloth doll pattern such as Pandora or Charlotte from Thimbles and Acorns.

This PDF sewing pattern, by Thimbles and Acorns, is designed to be used with 18 inch dolls.

Follow along in the full video tutorial in Sewing With Cinnamon: Sewing Tiny Gifts!

Recommended Fabrics: Theater and Backdrop in medium weight cotton, muslin, sateen, or linen. Not suitable for knits. Curtain in lightweight woven or knit fabrics such as jersey, velveteen, silk, batiste, or lame.  

Supplies Needed:


  • Theater Outer Fabric - 1 yard 45” wide fabric
  • Theater Inner Fabric - 2/3 yard 45” fabric
  • Backdrops - Two 12 3/4” x 10 1/2” pieces of fabric


  • Thread
  • One yard 3/8” wide elastic
  • 2 yards 3/8” wide ribbon
  • 32” x 11 1/2” piece of 1/4” thick foam core board or corrugated cardboard
  • One 16” 1/4” diameter dowel


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter or craft knife for cutting board
  • Rotary cutting pad
  • Large ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Pins
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Blunt needle or point turner


Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 35 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full-sized pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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