|Round tray on top of storage pouch|
What inspired this post is that while in Maine, I picked up some lovely antique silver and silver plate items at a few antique stores, but I don't have the right storage for them. So, why not make my own? First I ordered silver cloth. What is silver cloth? It just means a cloth, most often a flannel, that has been treated with chemicals similar to silver polish. Protecting your silver from the air, and with silver cloth, will help keep it from tarnishing. Why is tarnishing a big deal? Two reasons, the first is that once something has tarnished, it starts 'pitting,' these look like little holes on the surface of the silver. There is nothing you can do about them once they are there!!! Second, you'll have to polish less! And everyone likes that- less work!
So let's get started! First, determine what you need to make storage pouches for- I had several items, and a few of them were rather large and three-dimensional. So I estimated the yardage I would need before I ordered my fabric. I went to Amazon.com to order my silver cloth, the search yielded a lot of different choices. You can get several different colors, so have fun with it! Take note of what the fabric says in the notes, I noticed that some of them listed the duration of effectiveness in years, some did not, and some had one side of the fabric that was more effective, so keep track of what you end up with. I chose maroon, which came from Vogue Fabrics, they had several colors.
|Hand sewn seam example with a modest 1/4" seam allowance|
|Wrist pin cushion with quilting pins|
|Finished silver tray storage pouch|
|Closure on rectangular dish pouch|
|Rectangular dish pouch|
|This item's storage will take some thought!|