When we lived in South Africa we would visit tourist places and craft markets and I’d see sewn place mats for sale. I’d look at them closely and then think to myself “I can do that.”
I even went to the fabric store and bought the fabric so that ‘I could do that.’
Finally, over 18 months after leaving South Africa, I broke out the place mat fabric and I did that.
and the reverse
I bought the reverse fabric in South Africa with place mats in mind. There was enough to do 6 place mats with about 10cm long strip left over.
The thing that was holding me back from using this is that the images were printed very skew on the fabric and it was impossible to square them up. Eventually I told my internal OCD that these were going to get food spilled on them and thrown in the washer repeatedly and it was better to have them out being used, than languishing in the stash, and that being ‘perfect’ really doesn’t matter at this point, for this project.
I’m embarrassed it took me so long to make the first batch of place mats (there are many, many sets in the stash waiting to be worked up). It only took a few hours.