A Housewife, or Hussif, is nothing more than an 18th century sewing kit. Women used them at home, and soldiers used them when serving in the military. A few years back, I made one for myself, and use it mostly at re-enactments and museum programs. It’s a very handy thing to carry, and a very easy thing to make. All you need is some appropriate cloth, and simple directions. Here’s how I make mine.
Several 1/2 yard lengths of period appropriate cloth, in various patterns. I like checks. Alternatively, you can use a single color, if you prefer.
2 yards of seam binding or bias tape, or you can make your own.
Matching thread and sewing needles.
Plastic cover from a 15 ounce margarine container.
Cut the following:
A. Plain color lining piece – I generally use muslin. Cut to 4″ x 11″.
B. Backing piece: fabric of…
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