You might think that Sit-Upons are so ho-hum.  I mean, it’s a great way to teach a Daisy how to “sew” by lacing through pre-punched holes, but really?  Does anyone use them? I don’t know about using them, but I know that the girls love making them.  And as they get Older, they like making cooler versions.

Here’s a link to a well done tutorial on your basic Sit-Upon.  Version 1.0, if you will.  Make New Friends has a tutorial for what I like to think of as Version 1.1: a faster, easier version that can actually be completed during a meeting, without taking the WHOLE MEETING.  I like the Version 1.1 using reusable grocery bags and duct tape.  The best part of Version 1.1? They’re much easier to carry, because the bag has a handle already integrated in it.

IMG_7022When my daughter’s Troop were Cadettes, my Co-Leader and I came up with what we liked to call Version 2.0 Sit-Upons.  You take you basic Sit-Upon: a piece of vinyl tablecloth, wrapped around a piece of 1″ foam, secured with duct tape.  But, you clip one corner of the foam, and then cut an “X” into that corner of the tablecloth wrapper; so that you have a flat corner to your Sit-Upon.  Then you get our your hammer and grommeting tool!  Pop a big old grommet in that corner, and you have an easy way to attach your Sit-Upon to your belt, your trail bag, your backpack, whatever.

IMG_7023Now that they are Seniors/Cadettes.  We are going with Version 3.0.  The bucket version.  A friend of ours has a lot of cats.  A LOT.  And therefore goes through a LOT of cat litter.  Enough that we were able to acquire 20 buckets from her at no cost. Not only are these way cheaper than buying paint buckets at the local home improvement store, but we also liked the fact that they are square, rather than round: easier to cut the supplies to fit.  Vinyl tablecloths should be purchased seasonally, as in right after a particular holiday season so that they are 60-90% off.  I picked up these nice pastel plaid ones at Joann’s after Easter.  And if you are a Troop Leader without a good stock of duct tape, then your craft box is low on supplies! 😉

Sit-Upons, Ver. 3.0

Supplies per sit-upon:


  •  1 bucket, kitty litter or paint
  • cardboard, cookie boxes work great
  • 2″ foam, or thicker or thinner depending on your budget
  • vinyl, flannel backed table cloth
  • clear packing tape
  • duct tape
  • construction adhesive
  • paper towels
  • cleaner

The first thing you are going to want to do is cut your foam, cardboard, and tablecloth to size.  Your cardboard should exactly fit the top of the lid, making sure to leave room around the edge for opening and sealing the bucket.  Your foam can either be the same size as the cardboard, or even a little bigger.  The tablecloth should be the size of your cardboard, plus 2x the thickness of your foam, plus 3-4″ to pull around to the bottom.  Our cardboard was 8″ square, with the corners trimmed to fit the box.  The foam was also 8″ square, no trimming necessary.  Our pieces of tablecloth were 15″ square (8″ + 2×2″ + 3″). You can pre-cut all of this stuff as we did, or not.  If you are going to be doing a lot of stuff at the meeting, definitely pre-cut.  If you are going to be doing this with Daisies or Brownies, definitely pre-cut.

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Step 1: You are going to place the tablecloth with the vinyl (pretty) side face down.  Then center the foam on the tablecloth, and place the cardboard on top.

Step 2: Using packing tape, tape down the four edges of the tablecloth to the cardboard, making sure to keep it taut.  Then pull the excess fabric in the corners down, and tape to the cardboard (see the picture).  Your cushion is complete!

Step 3: Run a line of construction adhesive along the edge of the lid and in the center.  This part should be done by and adult, or a careful Older Girl.  Please be careful with construction adhesive, it is seriously goopy, and hard to get off of things.  Notice the flattened cardboard box we are using as a work surface so that none of it got on anything important?

Step 4: Center the cushion on the bucket lid, vinyl (pretty) side up, and set down carefully onto the construction adhesive.  Once it is placed correctly, squish it down to get maximum coverage.

IMG_7024At this point, caution the girls against slamming their elbow into the cushion, or stomping it with their foot, because they will then get a big hole in the tablecloth which they will then have to patch up.  Yes.  Even your high school girls.


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