DIY: How To Make A Sit-upon

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

As a former Girl Scout, I have lots of fun camp memories. I remember learning to tie knots, set up camp and to cook over the campfire. An essential Girl Scout tradition is making a sit-upon. A sit-upon is a homemade waterproof cushion. They are easy to make and I remember using them every time we did any activity while sitting on the bare ground, which most often was damp or scattered with uncomfortable sticks and pebbles. A sit-upon is great for sitting around the campfire, your backyard, or even a sporting event.

There are lots of ways to make a sit-upon. When I was a Brownie Girl Scout, we made ours from old vinyl tablecloths and foam. But in a pinch, you can use a plastic garbage bag and a stack of old newspapers for padding.

To revisit this simple craft project, I decided to use a roll of vintage vinyl wallpaper I found at a thrift store and some foam I bought at my local craft store.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial


• Waterproof Material (vinyl tablecloth, or other store-bought vinyl or plastic grocery bag). You need enough for a 30″ x 15″ rectangle.
• Padding (foam, carpet padding, or 1 ½” stack of newspapers) cut into a 13″ x 13″ square.
• Scissors (or I used a rotary cutter and cutting board)
• Hole punch
• Yarn or string
• Tape

• Cutting board
• Rotary fabric cutter
• Ruler

Cut your waterproof material into a 30″ x 15″ rectangle. Fold it in half so that you have a 15”x15” square.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

If using carpet padding or foam for padding, cut it into a 13″ x 13″ square and place it inside the waterproof material.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

Use a hole punch to punch holes all the way around the folded square, about 1″ apart and ½” from the edge. Then place your padding in between your folded cover.

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial

Wrap a piece of tape around the end of your yarn or string to make it easier to stitch. Sew all the way around. I used a blanket stitch, but you can use a straight stitch or any kind of stitch you like. Tie off and your sit-upon is ready to use!

DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial
DIY: How To Make A Sit-Upon #craft #girlscout #camping #tutorial


  1. says

    Looks great! All the supplies are lying around in my house right now, and I could actually make one of these today. 😀

  2. Maybelle Kagy says

    Hi Rachel, I work with blind adults at camp and always looking for arts and craft projects. We made fleece pillows with ties one year, and this year they want to make sit-upons. Your suggestion for using vinyl tablecloths is terrific, but I am trying to figure out how a blind person can finish the edges. There will be 25 campers this year – an enormous amount of holes to punch. I can probably get the young helpers to do it.

    For the binding, do you think regular twine, string will do?

    Also, where do I buy bulk foam, or easier yet, pre-cut dense foam?

    Thanks for your help. Camp is in two weeks!!!!

  3. Linda says

    I am so thankful for your sit-upons recipe. I too was a girl scout and remembered I made one for day camp. That was over 55 years ago. I’m thinking that if I add 10″ to each one of your numbers, I’ll have the perfect behind size!