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Silver Care




Silver misbehaves when no one's looking. Unlike china teacups, which sit peacefully in storage until they're needed, silver develops a coal-black coat of tarnish. If you make cases from tarnish-resistant cloth, however, you can avoid polishing silver every time you use it. The fabric, soft cotton flannel treated with zinc, was once only available wholesale. Now it's sold by the yard at fabric stores. The pocketed flatware roll shown is made from two pieces, one 12 by 13 1/2 inches and the other 10 by 10 inches. Sew a 1/4-inch hem on one side of the smaller piece; this will be the top edge of the pocket. Align bottom right corners of both pieces, then hem remaining edges. Topstitch parallel seams to make pockets, each 1/2 inch wider and 1/2 inch shorter than the piece of flatware it will hold. Hand-stitch an 18-inch piece of ribbon to the outside of the roll, 3-inches from the left edge, to tie it up.


Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1994/1995



Reviews (5)

  • The Silversmith 20 Apr, 2013

    Do NOT put silver in the dishwasher. Please read why here:

    I'm a silver restoration, conservation, and preservationist. You'll find the most thoroughly researched and practiced silver care information in my Silver Care Guide here:

  • samp 19 Feb, 2009

    I have heard that it is ok to put sterling flatware into the dishwasher. is this a good idea or should i continue to wash by hand?

  • mycatsmom 12 Jul, 2008

    I bought this fabric at a Joannes fabric in the drapery department. Ask an employee and they will find it for you.

  • dabl 1 Jul, 2008

    I don't know any sources in the USA but in Canada there is a company by the name of LEE VALLEY which carries the cloth you want. Contact them at

  • momdi76 22 Apr, 2008

    Does someone have any idea where to get the silver cloth now? I have made these before but the last time I looked for the cloth locally, I could not locate. Thanks.