I have recently acquired two sets of silver plate flatware from Goodwill. Although the flatware isn't sterling silver, it tarnishes easily, and I was looking for a way to keep it clean, shiny, and relatively tarnish-free.
Of course, Martha came to my rescue with a great idea of how to store my "new" silver plate flatware.
In Martha's tutorial, she creates a pouch for each place setting. For me, since I have two sets of flatware, each with service for 6, I decided it would be more practical to store the same pieces in each pouch; one for teaspoons, one for forks, etc. I purchased 1 1/2 yards of Silvertex fabric and some pale blue ribbon from Joann.
The fabric is specially treated to help prevent silver from tarnishing. Each pouch was relatively simple to put together. I don't have exact measurements, because I pretty much eyeballed the size by laying the flatware on the fabric and cutting around it - very scientific!
After sewing each pouch, I introduced each silver piece to its new home, rolled them and tied them up so they wouldn't come undone.
The pouches are easy to store in a drawer until needed and will hopefully eliminate the need for polish.
Right now I think they look pretty in my tarnished silver bowl.