Simple Round Situpons (Sit-Upons) from Vinyl Tablecloth

How to Make Simple Situpons (sit-upons) using vinyl table cloths (for girls scouts) via lilblueboo.com #girlscouts #diy

Boo is starting Girl Scouts! Daisies. I’m so excited.  I’m helping out as troop co-leader……so I’m sure you’ll be seeing some activities on the site as time goes on.  Lesley our fearless troop leader reminded me about sit-upons and I jumped right on it today.   Gicela and I made them today for the girls using some vinyl table cloths (the flannel backed kind) and ribbon scraps. We sewed them but you could also use colorful duct tape on the edges for a no-sew version.

Sit-upon: something to SIT UPON so your bottom doesn’t get dirty or wet from the bare ground.

They are lightweight, waterproof and provide padding for anywhere we might need to sit. You could also use them as a time-out mat or for trips to the park…..nothing’s worse than a wet bum.

how to make situpons (sit-upons) for girl scouts via lilblueboo.com

These are vinyl tablecloths I’ve picked up over the past 2 years at the 99 cent store, dollar store, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.:

Things to make with Vinyl table cloths via lilblueboo.com

I cut out a 24″ circle  template from cardboard:

I used it to cut out 2 pieces of vinyl table cloth for each sit-upon:

 

Mixing and matching whatever pieces I had:

Girl Scout Crafts via lilblueboo.com

I cut out a layer of quilt batting to go in between the layers:

Making a padded sit-upon (situpon) via liblueboo.com

Instead of bias tape, I used some 2″ ribbon that I had on hand from Costco (50 yard rolls for under $8!) to bind the edges of the mats:

Where to buy ribbon via lilblueboo.com

I mixed in all these scraps I had too:

Project ideas for ribbon scraps via lilblueboo.com

I folded the ribbon over the edge of each mat/sit-upon and sewed it in place…making sure to sew through all three layers of each mat:

EAsy bias tape: ribbon! via lilblueboo.com

All I did to finish the ribbon edges was apply some heat:

No special finishing required….just overlap each piece by an inch:

What to use ribbon scraps for via lilblueboo.com

 

Aren’t they fun and bright?

Girl Scout Tradition: Situpons / Sit-upons ideas (DIY) via lilblueboo.com

The girls are pretty girly so I made sure each one had a bit of pink on it:

Girl Scouts - Sit-upons via lilblueboo.com

They make a much better circle than square shaped ones do!

How to make a Situpon (Sit-upon) for Girl Scout via lilblueboo.com

So lightweight they roll up nicely too:

creative situpons (sit-upons) via lilblueboo.com

 

Another option, that takes a little more effort, is to make them using the “doll version” of the round diaper changer.…and then there are pockets to keep trinkets and things in:

How to make a round diaper changer (or situpon) from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

 

And that version also shows how to add a tie or elastic for rolling it up:

How to make a round diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

Everything rolls up nice and neat into a roll that can be thrown into a bag:

 

How to make a diaper changer from a vinyl tablecloth (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

You can find the free diaper changer pattern at the post below:

 

How to make a diaper changer (plus free pattern downloade) via lilblueboo.com

 

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  1. 1

    I love this so much! Perfect for ball games too!

  2. 2

    Wow……sure not the situpons we had back in the 70’s! Sooo pretty!

  3. 3

    How cool are those! Adorable sit-upons.

    • 4
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  4. 5

    Those are adorable! I want to make a few for the summer pick-nicks.

  5. 6

    SWEET Design!! Thanks so much for your tutorial! :)

  6. 7

    Great tutorial. Do you think these could be washed? I am thinking about making a giant picnic mat using two large tablecloths but might use the same technique…

  7. 8
    Donna Brewster says:

    I love them! Do you have a tip for getting the ribbon to go around the round sit-upon? I worried that it will bunch up.

  8. 9

    Great! thank you!

  9. 10

    Wow! These look great! My girls and I will have to craft some of these over the summer. Thanks for posting!

  10. 11

    These are awesome!! They are so bright and cheery. Love it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. 12

    Can’t wait to make these! Going to make them for the preschool class at my church. Sometimes the kids sit better when they have something to sit on :)

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