Anyway, I liked the idea of these housewives and so I made a couple myself. I like ot think of them as souped-up needlcases.
Like the book suggested, I used a length of vintage embroidered ribbon for the outside of the case. And then lined that, and included two pockets at either end of the roll. They're the perfect size for a small pair of scissors, a thimble and some embroidery threads. And there are some felt pages for needles and safety pins in the middle. Very handy. Especially if you like hand-sewing as much as I do.