Peapod Fabrics in the Inner Sunset has the sweetest little shoebox storefront. I had a hankering to start a sewing project and thought I’d ease into one (seriously, just rectangles) by making placemats in anticipation of a dream dining table I hope to have one day. (Psst…The Wooden Duck in Berkeley is having its annual Spring Sale this weekend, March 26-28.) I was looking for Japanese import or retro-styled prints and found Peapod Fabrics based, of course, on yelp reviews. All of the bolts of fabrics–cute, designery, calm and coordinated–all neatly lined up horizontally along the wall shelving were all bursting with unexpressed potential. The selections are very well edited. I paired two different cotton prints with two coordinating Kona cotton solids. There was also a sale on decorator-weight fabrics for $10/yard, the chartreuse patterned fabrics shown.
1 and 1/4 yards each of 2 coordinating fabrics will yield 6 reversible placemats sized about 14 1/2 by 19 inches, with 1/4 to 1/2 inch allowances all around. It’s been so long since I did anything other than hem pants, that I’d forgotten or perhaps never realized how awesome a rotary cutter is for making straight cuts through fabric.
The result, reversible owl print placemats in neutral taupe and khaki tones: