Newspaper Sit-upon




Remember Brownies? This is one of the cool tricks we learned a long, long time ago, and it still works! Well, as long as print newspapers are available, anyway.

Step 1: Materials

This is easy:

Newspaper. Pages with color pictures will add a bit of interest, if you can find them, but they're not essential.

(And some hand wipes for later)

Step 2: Prepare Strips

Tear full-size pages in half. With some practice, even little hands can do this step.
Fold each page in half, lengthwise.
Fold it in half again, lengthwise.

Press the folds tight. This will be messy, as the printer's ink will transfer onto skin. The mess can be minimized by using a stick to press the edges.

Each sit-upon needs eight strips.

Step 3: Begin the Weave

Lay a strip down. Put another beside it. Lay a third one perpendicular (teachable moment: vocabulary.) to the two, over one strip and under the other.

Step 4:

Continue weaving the strips until you have four vertical and four horizontal (more vocabulary enrichment!), woven over and under.

Step 5: Finish the Edges

Push the strips so that the edges are tight together. Beginning at one corner, fold the bottom of the strip up and press the crease. Fold down the top edge of that strip and tuck it into the horizontal strip it covers.

Repeat this process for the side you're working on, rotating the mat and folding and tucking into the horizontal strips along the edges.

Turn the mat over and do the same thing on the other side.

Step 6: Enjoy

Now you've created a multipurpose, recycled mat. It can be used for sitting upon or as a place mat for a picnic. Ask kids to think of other uses.

Little ones might need some help with the tucking of the ends, but they're pretty efficient weavers.



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I made them in Girl Scouts and I put mine it in a pillow case, folded it over and sewed it shut. I am getting ready to make them for my Sunday School class, I teach toddlers and pre-K. I am going to put them in vinyl, reusable shopping bags. Then I will sew it shut and they have a sit-up with a handle.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I remember making these when I was a kid too. I think that we actually sewed a pocket out of an old shower curtain so that we could slide the sit-upon into it and make it waterproof for outdoor use. My first introduction to the slipcover...

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Amazing how simple things are so close to our eyes!....thanks fro this instructable...i will make my own for the crabcakes party on caming Sat.....thanks!!!!!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! my sister showed me how to make these a long long time ago. I may have to make some with my daughter.

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    Dr. Pheathbar64

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I was surprised that they seem to have shrunk... . Maybe newspapers aren't as big as they used to be. Yeah, that must be it.