Monday, July 4, 2016

Classroom Sit-Upons and a Sweet Treat!

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you are having an enjoyable day with family and friends!


It's time again for Monday Made It!  I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics!



For my first project this week, I channeled my inner Girl Scout!

I was never a Girl Scout, but we all know how yummy their cookies are!!  Shall we just take a moment?!?!


Well, their second claim to fame may just be their sit-upons!!!  Sit-upons are waterproof seat cushions.  They are perfect for camping, hiking, trips to the beach - anytime you need some protection from the ground.  

I decided that these would be great as an additional seating option in my Kindergarten classroom. And they are super easy to clean!

I came across Ashley Hackshaw's blog and her post about making sit-upons from vinyl tablecloths, and I decided to give it a try.  You can look at it {HERE}.

I headed to Target and snagged a cute dinosaur tablecloth!  You will also need some padding (I used a thin quilt batting) and ribbon.


I began by cutting the tablecloth into circles.  I made a circle template (17 inches) out of posterboard and then used my cutting mat and rotary cutter - but you can also trace the circle onto the fabric and cut it out with scissors.


You will need 2 tablecloth circles and 1 stuffing circle for each sit-upon.


Layer the materials - tablecloth on the bottom (wrong side up), then stuffing/padding in the middle, and tablecloth on top (right side up). Line up the edges and pin.  Then sew about 1/4" from the edge, around the entire circle.


Next I added the ribbon onto the outer edge of the circle.  I used 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon.  You will need about 1 1/2 yards for each sit-upon.  
I began by ironing the ribbon in half.  Then I finished one raw edge of the ribbon by applying a little heat from a lighter.


I folded the ribbon around the edge of the circle and pinned it on. When I got the the end, I cut the ribbon to the correct size, allowing for a little overlap, and applied some more heat to the other raw edge of the ribbon. I sewed the ribbon onto the tablecloth circle being sure to catch all the layers - the ribbon encases the raw outer edge of the sit-upon.





I also made a few more sit-upons using laminated fabric from the fabric store.



They are easy to store in your classroom, and easy to clean.


Ooooh, and kitty approved!

These are going to be a great seating choice for my students!


My next Made It is a sweet 4th of July treat!

For the past 4 years, I have been making a Texas sheet cake for the 4th of July potluck.  And this year I did it again!

I use this delicious recipe from The Pioneer Woman.  Check it out {HERE}.

And I decorated the top with some red and blue m&ms!!  Shall we just take another moment?!?!


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19 comments:

  1. WOW...one of these days I really am going to learn how to work with fabric and to sew. I love your sit upons and that cake looks delicious!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks for visiting Alison. I credit my artistic mom - who sewed and crafted. I wanted to be just like her. :)
      Kay

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  2. You go girl! You broke out the iron and the oven this week. That's wayyyy beyond my comfort zones. Both of those would cause me serious injuries. At least...that's what I tell my family. Those sit upons are darling and what a fabulous idea. The little ones definitely need a defined space, for sure.

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  3. I never thought of finishing the raw edge of grosgrain with a lighter! Easier than turning under- duh. And Texas Sheet Cake is my FAV! Have a great Fourth! Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

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    1. Yes, Kathleen, the lighter trick was game changer for me too!
      Kay

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  4. Oh how I wish I had a sewing machine!!! Those sit upons are so cute and functional!!! I would love to make a set for my classroom:) Thank you for linking up:)

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    1. Thanks Tara. They did take some time to make, but I know the kids will enjoy sitting on them.
      Kay

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  5. You just brought back such a wonderful memory of Girl Scouts and our sit-upons! Such a great idea and love your cat! Mine like to get involved with my crafts too. :-)

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    1. I'm glad that I was able to bring back fond memories! Thanks for visiting, Stephanie.
      Kay

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  6. Those sit-upons are amazing! I'm not the best seamstress but my mother is! :)

    Jess

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jess. I'm sure your mom will be happy to help you out!
      Kay

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  7. Those sit-upons are too cute. I may have to make some myself... after the heat has headed somewhere else! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE the sit-upons!!! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you came by!
      Kay

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  9. Wow. Those are beautiful! I don't think I could be patient enough to make them but I love how they turned out!! I enjoyed reading your post! And - happy 4th!! Please visit my Monday Made It HERE. Have a great week! Pam from PJ Jots

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    1. Thanks! Yes, sewing is definitely frustrating at times!! Thanks for stopping by.
      Kay

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  10. These bring back so many memories. So Cute. Thanks for sharing.
    Beti

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