From Wikipedia: A hope chest, dowry chest, cedar chest, or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linens, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life.
I don't think I ever had a hope chest as such, but I'm sure I had a few things put back, with hopes; probably embroidered feed sack dishtowels and flour sack pillowcases. Most chests would have been made by the girl's father or grandfather, or maybe passed down from mother or grandmother. My daddy made chests for his five granddaughters; four were made from cedar, just regular rectangular chests, but the fifth one was made as a deacon's bench with a spindled back.
I doubt that many young women keep a hope chest now; it's easier for them to register at a store and more or less tell others what they want or need. I'm happy to say, all my daughters learned sewing skills when they were young girls.
In 2012, I posted doll quilts, and in 2013, aprons were my projects. For 2014 I plan to put something in a "hope chest" each month (not that I have any hope, lol). This is my first entry, a set of embroidered, day-of-the-week dishtowels. I ordered five yards of the toweling fabric from Nancy's Notions and the transfers came from an old copy of the little craft magazine, Workbasket, I think; they've been around so long I can't remember for sure, but they did transfer perfectly. Then I used red floss to do the embroidery to match the border on the fabric.
wash on Monday,
iron on Tuesday,
sew on Wednesday,
shop on Thursday,
clean on Friday,
bake on Saturday,
worship on Sunday.
Did you have a hope chest, or do you have one started for a daughter or granddaughter? I hope you'll follow me on this quest to find something new to add each month.