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Old 03-22-2007, 12:39 PM   #1
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I am making a "sit-upon" for my daughter's first girl scout camping trip. I am wondering how big should this thing should be?? I thought maybe some other moms out there might have made one of these before
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Yikes, I have never even hear of such a thing.
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:47 PM   #3
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I haven't made one as a mom, but I've made one as a girl scout! It's made for sitting upon so just make sure it's big enough for her to sit on. We used to take a newspaper folded in half like it comes and put it on top of a piece of wallpaper, then fold the wall paper over. Punch holes in all three sides and lace with a string. Hope that helps.
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Her troop leader had advised me to make it from a plastic table cloth or shower curtain- like a pillow and then stuff it. I decided to use the plastic table cloth b/ I thought the cloth-like backing would make it easier to run through the sewing machine. I was just hoping for some suggestions- hate to send her with one that is way different than the other girls, LOL
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my DD's was just a little bit bigger than a newspaper also... in fact, that may be what was inside... ? hers was a table cloth also
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Oh, well, keep in mind that my instructions are 14 years old.
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14 year old instructions? Mine are the same, but 32 years old!!
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I would say the instructions for size are good. If you stuff it like a pillow, rather than with flat newspaper, make sure it lays fairly flat. Since your bottom goes in the middle, you don't want to be sitting on a hill.

In our later girl scout years, we got an excellent sit upon- a big paint bucket. We decorated them and made a cushion for the bottom. So as juniors and seniors we were able to keep our bottoms off the ground- and they stored all your stuff!

If you google girl scout sit upon, I found tons of directions for different kinds.
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My daughter's troop made them with jeans. They all used an old pair of mom's or dad's jeans and cut off the legs at the crotch area. They stuffed them with a thin piece of foam and sewed them up on both ends. The carrying handle was 3 strips of plastic table covering braided and then put through the belt loops. It is very cute!

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What a great memory - thanks for brinigng it all back to me. I seem to remember having to have a ditty bag for dirty dishes too.
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we did the jeans thing also with our troop, and then used wider ribbon, pulled through the belt loops for the handle. Have fun!
OH! We had the girls sew up the leg holes with yarn and just did the blanket stitch (?) and they had thier sewing lesson in too.
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I'm a scout leader and the first thing we did was make situpons. I just made them the way that I was taught when I was a girl scout--We used newspaper folded in half, several layers for "padding" and then we put a vinyl tablecloth around it, hole punched the edges and laced it up! Viola!
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We made ours out of those things you use in the garden to rest your knees on...
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My daughter made hers at Camporee when she was a Brownie .... but they were really small. If I remember correctly, they were only about 8-1/2 x 11. They used sheets of Fun Foam, stitched with yarn, and stuffed with pillow filling. I can't imagine these were made to last. It was really cheesy, more like a temporary sit-upon LOL ... they never sat on them anywhere else but at Camporee. haha.

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Yep, definitely newspaper size! I remember using yellow plastic for the outside. It was really thick, like a tarp....
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Yep, mine was made from newspaper and blue tarp. Made it when I was in brownies and used it forever!
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Well, the sit-upon is completed. My daughter sewed the whole thing herself (with help of course) so it was her first sewing project. She had a lot of fun. I used regular stuffing for the inside- I do wish I would have researched this more a little more in advance- there are some really cute ideas! We just might have to make another one for her next camping trip
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