A housewife, or hussif, is just an archaic term for a sewing kit. I made one from the cross-stitched storks that I showed last week. I used the basic logic from this tutorial, but chopped and changed as needed.
P.S. Does anyone know why my photos, which I add by pasting in the html from Flickr, are not behaving all of a sudden? They are now cut off on the right hand side, which is not the case in the original (click through to Flickr to see the whole photo). What gives? Fixed!