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Craft Project for July - the Sit-upon

August 4th, 2009

The finished sit-upon (mug for scale)

The finished sit-upon (mug for scale)

Music festivals and outdoor concerts are fun and a great way to enjoy music during the warmer months. But you need something to sit on. When I went to MerleFest a few years back, my choices were to either drag around a camp chair or a picnic blanket. Most of the time, I just sat on my giant hippie skirt.

This year, with a trip to the Newport Folk Fest in the works, I decided to make a sit-upon. A girl scout sit-upon is usually a pile of newspapers wrapped in plastic used as a portable seat. Mine had the same purpose, but I wanted something lighter and maybe a little larger, so I could get my legs completely off the ground.

I designed it to be reminiscent of a quilt, with a pieced top (made out of fabric from my scrap box) over a layer of flannel and a layer of fleece. Then I bound it with a wide bias band. The backing was plastic tablecloth fabric. While I want the sit-upon to be waterproof, the backing fabric tore while I was turning the finished product and I don’t know how it’s going to wash up.

One of the corner grommets

One of the corner grommets

I put grommets in the corners so that the sit-upon can be gathered on a carabiner and clipped to my backpack. Ironically, I didn’t use it to watch a concert at Newport (I was way too busy to sit and watch anything) but I sat on the sit-upon at our table. I’m keeping it in the back of my car for last minute get-aways (it should be great for concerts at Blossom and Cain Park - and maybe this weekend at Lock 3).  All in all, I like the finished project and time will tell how much use I get out of it.

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