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Project

Bread-Box Silver Chest

Introduction

Flea markets abound with vintage bread boxes, each more charming than the last, but there are only so many loaves one needs to store. This hinged European box is roomy enough, however, to house a more durable staple: silverware. A custom-fit cushion and protective cloth lining turn the box into a safe storage space for flatware and serving utensils. And its enameled exterior and comely hardware look right at home amid the china. A handle allows for easy carriage from shelf to table, or from kitchen to shelf after silver is washed and dried.

Materials

  • Ultrasuede
  • Fabric pencil
  • Metal ruler
  • Shears
  • Pins, needle, thread
  • Batting

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    For a box like the one above, you'll need a piece of Ultrasuede or tarnish-resistant fabric that is eight to ten times as large as the box. To make the cushion, place box in one corner of fabric, and trace outline onto fabric with a pencil (on dark-colored fabric, use a white pencil); 1/2 inch outside the line you have just drawn, make a parallel, dotted line. Cut out piece along dotted line, then cut a second identical piece. Stack and pin the pieces together to create top and bottom of cushion, then sew a 1/2-inch seam, leaving a small opening at one end. Turn cushion cover right side out, fill with the batting, and sew shut.2. To complete lining, cut remaining fabric into two strips -- one that is the same length as the box and three times its width, and one that is the width of the box and three times its length. Place cushion in the bottom of the box, and loosely arrange the fabric strips on top, in the order shown. Add silverware, and fold fabric flaps in before closing lid.

  2. Step 2

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    To complete lining, cut remaining fabric into two strips -- one that is the same length as the box and three times its width, and one that is the width of the box and three times its length. Place cushion in the bottom of the box, and loosely arrange the fabric strips on top, in the order shown. Add silverware, and fold fabric flaps in before closing lid.

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, November 2001