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Silver Care

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1994/1995


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.


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