Tuesday, 6 January 2015

What the heck is a Sit Upon??

Hello my friends! Hope you are all having a great week! I've got a couple of sick chickens in my house today, so instead of spending the afternoon at the dance studio, we girls were all home together for some chicken soup, couch cuddles and coloring.

This year, Miss A has joined brownies, just like I did when I was a little girl. She is absolutely loving it as much as I did when I was young and has already earned a ton of badges! While the badge-earning makes me a super proud mama, I've been spending a ton of time sewing all those badges onto her sash. You'd think after all these years, the badges would be iron-on to speed things along, but alas, still need to break out the needle and thread when she comes home with newly earned badges of honor.

Along with brownie meetings and badges comes the super fun camping adventures. This weekend, Miss A's troupe is going to a Camp Skills training day. What a great idea!! The girls will learn all about putting up tents, camp cooking and outdoor safety. They are going to have so much fun. When reading the list of things the girls need to pack along to their training day, one of the items on the list was a "sit-upon." Now, what, pray-tell is a "sit-upon"? It's like a seat that the girls can tote along and bring the camp fire to sit-upon so they don't get wet or dirty.

Our leaders suggested that a sit-upon could be made by folding newspaper into a ziplock bag, I knew that we'd have to find a way to make it cuter and more comfy for my little diva. I needed it to be fun, functional and not so heavy that Miss A wouldn't be able to easily carry it along with the rest of her camp gear.

After browsing Pinterest for some ideas, the girls and I gathered the following supplies:
* one vinyl shopping bag (for its waterproof-ness)
* old newspapers & magazines
* a small pillow
* duct tape

After duct taping together the sides of the vinyl shopping bag so it wouldn't be too wide, Miss A got to work stuffing the bag. She put the newspapers on one side and the pillow on the other, making sure to pull the pillow edges right down to the bottom of the bag.

Once it was all filled up, we used more duct tape on the top and bottom to make the bag into a pillow-like shape.

We made sure to leave the straps of the shopping bag on the outside of the package to make it easy to tote around the camp site. Here's a picture of Miss A with her newly assembled sit-upon - she can't wait to sit upon it this weekend!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope I've inspired you a little today!


  1. wow that is impressive, I can remember my brownie days just a garbage bag and some newspapers! have a great weekend its going to be a lot of fun!

  2. Great work! I want to do this with my Brownie troop. How did you tape down the top of the bag without taping down the handles?

    1. Thanks Squeakyred! I used three small pieces of tape, one each from the outer edge of the bag to the handle, and then one between the handles. Then I put a large piece across the front to cover all three smaller pieces:)

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