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.


Cheers!
Jenn


10 comments:

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

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

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  3. What a crafty answer to the tarnishing problem.

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

    This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing.


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

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

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

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  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.

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