Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer Sit-Upon {DIY}

It's summer time! Even if the weather has been pretty mild lately, it's still time to get out and enjoy the out of doors. Whether you are a regular picnicker or an occasional ballgame watcher, you'll want something to sit on while you're out.

This DIY Summer Sit-Upon is the perfect solution.

For this easy project you'll need:
  • a flannel-baked vinyl tablecloth
  • a newspaper
  • colorful duct tape
  • two plastic grocery bags
  • a pair of scissors

 Step 1:

Place the newspapers inside the plastic bags. I like to do one bag going one way and then the other going the opposite way. You can add as many papers as you like, the thicker it is the softer it is to sit on, but it also gets heavy to carry. You want the plastic bags to cover the newspapers completely to help waterproof the final project. Tape the bags to secure them.

Step 2:

Place your plastic covered newspapers on the wrong side of the tablecloth and cut the tablecloth large enough to cover it completely. You don't want too much extra because that will make the wrapping and taping awkward in the next step.

Step 3: 

Fold the tablecloth to cover the newspapers. I like to make the seams on the sides, but you can make them in the middle if you'd like.  Use your decorative tape to seal the edges (or seams). You can also use the tape to create a design on the seat if you'd like.

In my example, I left some extra tablecloth at the top and cut a hole to make a handle. I sealed all around the cut-out so that it would not come apart.

That's it! You're done! You can easily carry this with you to any picnics or ballgames you attend this summer. We took ours to watch fireworks for the 4th of July. They are small enough to store in the van and carry with us most places. Even Benjamin can carry his without complaint. And the whole project cost less than $4!!

You can see more summer themed projects at the fellow Blog with Friends contributors:

Karen of Baking in a Tornado is sharing her Neapolitan Sundae Cake with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry sundae flavors all in a cake. With a cherry on top, of course!:
Robin of Someone Else's Genius has a tutorial for making this fun Pineapple Paradise Memory Wire bracelet:
Melissa of Home on Deranged has some tips for How to Choose an eReader so you can get some more summer reading done!
and Lydia of Cluttered Genius has some great ideas for Summer Activities to Keep the Kids Busy During Break:


  1. I love that this uses duck tape and not having to sew something as I don't sew at all and never have! ;)

  2. This is super cute and it's no sew! Which means I can make it! YAY!

  3. I have to admit - it's brilliant. I wore a WHITE dress to a picnic over the weekend. So did Scarlet.
    What were we thinking sitting in the grass like that??

  4. So cute Rabia! Nothing worse than sitting on grass for a long time, especially when wearing shorts. Then you get crazy grass rashes!

  5. Karen @ BakingInATornadoJuly 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    What a great idea. I'm going to save up some old newspapers!

  6. Melissa Hunter-KilmerJuly 8, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    When I was in Girl Scouts, we made a sit-upon that had foam rubber inside it. Then I moved, and my new troop had made their sit-upons with newspapers inside them. Those certainly kept their bottoms dry, but mine was much more comfortable!

  7. What a great DIY project! Since I have quite a few shows/concerts coming up, I'm always looking for something that isn't heavy to carry that is durable to sit on. Will have to make one of these :) Thank you, and hope you/the family are enjoying the outdoors!! XOXO

  8. Kristi - Finding NineeJuly 8, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Cool project! Seriously cool. Also I love the fact that duct tape is now so much more fun and colorful than the silver it used to be.

  9. I would have never thought to use duct tape. Genius!

  10. StacySewsandSchoolsJuly 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    What a GREAT idea!!! Looks so easy!!!! Thank you!!!!

  11. This is sooo cute! And easy! And no sewing!!! I think we have to make this!


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