Friday, May 8, 2009


The History of 'APRONS'

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but
along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for
cleaning out dirty ears ..

When Grandma rocked us to sleep, she would cover us with her apron, we felt so
snug wrapped in it.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, =ussy chicks, and
sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been
shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture
that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and
the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that
'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs was in that apron. I
don't think I ever caught anything from an Apron !

This is so timely with my daughter asking me to make her aprons for the Farm Chicks Show. Of course i haven't sewn in 20 years so this was a little scary. But being a mom and daughter asking I gave it a try. What was I out a little time, a little material. Maybe a little failure and I wouldn't be the mom she thought I was. LOL. But I did succeed after a little mistake. We spent and evening in Joann's with Beth, Karlee and myself picking out what colors we wanted and what ones we didn't want to use. Well guess what? Your right I used the colors we didn't want to use. LOL. But we both ended up liking it very much. Here is the finished product.


  1. Good job with the sewing machine! Have a wonderful Mothers Day. Love you. Lorrie

  2. I Am a huge apron fan. My favorite one is 30 years old and falling all apart. I keep sewing it back together, as I hate to part with all the paint on it that shows its history. Today I used my apron like gathering eggs, only I was gathering 12 spray painted mixed media pieces from where they had been drying in the sun. I need to make my fancy one for the Bliss event. It will match my table cloth which is black velvet I will be very hot ..Literally!!!

  3. What a wonderful apron article and after reading it it brought back many wonderful memories. My Grandma always had apron on and it was used for all the things you mentioned. Both Grandma and my wonderful mother are gone and they are still missed every day.

  4. Your apron is beautiful. Your daughter is lucky to have such a talented mom.