Years ago, before my boys came along, I was a Girl Scout leader. I loved it and one of the best projects we ever made was sit-upons. We took them to campfires, campouts, to almost all of our adventures. So this summer, when my boys started their own summer adventures, I thought what better project than this to kick off our summer. I love that my boys can express their creativity through their decorating. They burn off some energy tearing up newspaper and stuffing the sit-upons. It’s just an all around great project and summer accessory. Enjoy our steps for making a sit-upon below.
What You Will Need to Make a Sit-Upon
- Shorts/Cut offs (1 for each sit-upon)
- Sewing Machine Needles for denim if you are using that. (Buy extras, my machine broke a few going through the waistband)
- Fabric markers/paints
- Needle for hand sewing
- Thread for machine and hand sewing
- Stuffing (Newspaper, mismatched socks, old underwear)
- Rope/yarn for straps (optional)
How to Make a Sit-Upon
- Choose a pair of shorts or turn pants into cut offs. Jeans work better because they can absorb more moisture and take more wear and tear.
- Decorate the shorts with fabric markers and paints.
- Turn the shorts inside out and sew across the waistband. Then, sew one pant leg closed across the bottom.
- Leave the other leg open for stuffing the sit-upon.
- Turn the shorts right side out and stuff with newspaper. Padding will eventually flatten out so feel free to overstuff.
- Hand sew the last leg closed sealing in the newspaper.
That’s it! Now your kids have a great cushion for campfires, concerts in the park, and other summer fun.
Other Ideas for Your Sit-Upon
- Use a fancy rope or create your own to make shoulder straps for carrying your sit-upon. Just feed the strap through the belt loops. In our case, I braided yarn to create a rope. I fed the rope through twice. The sit-upon will hang low or high depending on how your child puts his/her arms through the rope.
- If the zipper-fly is large enough for you to get your hands through you can change the stuffing as needed through that opening.
- Kids can use the pockets to carry items.
How do you like the ones my boys made?
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