Sunday, July 31, 2011

Safekeeping for Silver

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.



  1. I love your idea of making the pouch to keep the silver in!

  2. Hi Jen, that looks so cool. I love that you did not polish it up. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

  3. What a crafty answer to the tarnishing problem.

  4. Saw you post on Debbiedoo's and thought I wouls stop by.

    This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I "sew" need a sewing machine:) Visiting from Debbie Doos!

  6. Hi! I saw your post over at the Newbie Party. I didn't even know that you could buy that type material at a fabric store...thanks for sharing that info. Your pouches look wonderful...the bow is a great finishing touch. It makes a Goodwill find look like you have inherited your rich grandmother's silver.

  7. A creative and not too expensive solution to silver storage!!

  8. That is awesome- I can't believe I've never heard of silvertex fabric! I love using silver- I hate polishing it!

    I'm having a pet portrait give away- stop by!

  9. Great idea! I've never heard of silvertex fabric, but will have to look for some the next time I'm at JoAnn's. Love this idea! I actually enjoy polishing my larger pieces of silver, but could definitely use some pouches for the more tedious smaller pieces. Thanks for sharing.