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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sit upons—a Girl Scout tradition

If you know what a “sit upon” is you must have been a girl scout. It’s just something to sit on when camping or outdoors.
There are many materials that can be used for making a sit upon: Wall paper, duct tape, shower curtains, jeans, plastic or vinyl bags, and vinyl table cloths are just some of the options available. Here is the supply list I used for the sit upons pictured above:
  • (2) 15″ x 15″ pieces of oil cloth (or other material)
  • (1) 13″ x 13″ square of carpet padding (or other material such as newspaper, batting, or foam)
  • enough string to overlay stitch all the way around 2 times to make a ‘v’
  • alphabet beads
  • pinking shears for cutting the oil cloth
  • scissors for cutting the carpet padding
  • hole puncher
I had extra oil cloth so my lucky girls have fancy sit upons. A carpet store donated carpet padding for the inside cushion and we used nylon lacing similar to shoe laces to stitch them together. To personalize each sit upon, the girls finished them off with a loop which they strung alphabet beads on to spell out their name.
Each girl was given pre-cut pieces of fabric and padding. I hole punched the fabric about 1″ apart all the way around so the girls just stitched around and made a beaded loop which they could also use as a strap for holding. The girls had a great time crafting their very own sit-upons and we all can’t wait to put them to good use!

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