Grandma’s apron

Hello friends, is it terribly old-fashioned to talk about aprons? I recently stumbled across a write-up about Grandma’s apron and I liked it so much that I wanted to theme a blog post around it! image used with permission

Do you wear an apron? Do you remember your mom or grandma wearing one? I remember my mom would wear the half aprons for cooking and I’m pretty sure both my grandmothers did also. My mother in law recently gifted me the apron that she used as a child. Betty's apron I always put on an apron when I bake or cook! I am a big klutz in the kitchen and need the full-body apron to protect my clothing :).  I also have an apron that I wear for cleaning bathrooms…no bleach stains are getting to me! But aprons are great to wear when gardening or crafting…and I bet they would come in handy when quilting…drop those scissors in a handy-dandy pocket and protect your clothes from “quilt poop” ;). image used with permissionI think aprons are handy and cute! So when I came across this write-up I wanted to share it. Here is the story I found:

Grandma’s Apron

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, 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…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy 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 trees.

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-folk 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.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. (Author Unknown)

Isn’t that sweet? So in honor of aprons, I went searching for apron patterns and I found hundreds of them! In case you are now inspired to make an apron, here you go:

( simply click on the link above the photo to go to each tutorial or pattern)






Please tell me, do you have any fond memories of aprons that you would like to share? I would love to read about them so please leave me a comment!

Until next time~happy creating!


25 thoughts on “Grandma’s apron

    1. Hi Monique. I loved this blog post. I wear a full one for canning because I always make a mess! I wear a pretty half one for special holiday meals when it’s my turn to host and I have an apron of sots that I wear when I’m out working in the yard. It’s the type that is equally long on both sides . You silp it over your head and it’s has laces at the it’s got a great big pocket in front for holding my tools. It’s reversible with raggedy Ann material on one side and dark blue material on the other. I always wear it blue side out cuz I love the raggedy Ann material and don’t want to staini it. Best part is I bought it at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. I take a pic of it and post it on Facebook.


  1. I would love to have a peg board in my kitchen to hang two aprons from. I think I’ll look for a second hand one from a thrift store and make a couple aprons.

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  2. I love an apron when I am cooking. I wear one that I have had for about twenty years, it is handmade with two large pockets, a full apron. It has a hole or two in it, but it protects my clothes and is my comfort apron, I wish I could get used to wearing one when I quilt. Every shirt I own has pin holes in it, but than my mind says, oh but think of the new T-shirt quilt you will make from that stack of T-shirt’s with pin holes!

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  3. This brings back memories of my grandmother and dear aunt, who always wore their aprons. From gathering eggs or cooking in the kitchen, they always had one on. My uncle gifted me with some of my grandmother’s aprons and hankie, along with her treadle sewing machine she always used. I remember playing under it while she sewed. Thanks for a sweet trip down Memory lane.

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  4. My grandma always wore an apron. It was part of getting dressed everyday. In the only photo I have of her she is wearing an apron. I wear the full apron when I’m cooking. I’m a mess and end up with splashes and splats. I’ve made myself some that I love. I also took some left over outdoor fabric and made myself an apron with lots of pockets when I garden.

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  5. My Grandma made me a red/white gingham half apron which she stitched with chicken scratch over 40 years ago! Still brings tears to my eyes when I use!
    But I often forget to put an apron on…til it’s to late!🤣🤣

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  6. Monique, Maybe quilters should begin a trend. Making aprons to sell at Craft shows, etc. Both my grandmothers wore the full size aprons, and they are fond memories. My Dad’s mother must have put hers own as soon as she walked into the kitchen. I’m pretty sure they were hung on hooks by the back door porch. My mom’s mother had both the half and full apron. She usually wore nice dresses in dark colors so you would always notice her apron. My mom did use aprons and during the 50’s found a pattern for a cobbler’s apron. She never wore any other kind. When she died, the apron was so worn and tattered it told her own story. And I’m sure there was a dirty tissue in one of the pockets though she hadn’t worn it in several years. I have aprons but don’t wear them. Three of my friends gave me aprons. One, is with a Sunflower print and I hang it on a pantry door. The second one is a Cobblers apron made in a Christmas fabric. The third is a modern print in beautiful country colors similar to what Mary Englebreit fabric. Sadly all three of those friends are gone, so the aprons are wonderful memories from loving friends. Lastly, I have one my mom made and gave me at one of my bridal showers 57 years ago, and the last one is a crocheted half apron made by my dad’s mom in white and lavender. All are treasures. Thanks for sharing the article. Your blogs almost always hit my heart.

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  7. Hi Monique

    I loved the article on Grandma’s apron! Gosh it speaks of when time seemed to move slower and there was time to do things that seem to get put aside in today’s world. Thanks for the reminder of what the really important things of life are.

    Enjoy summer with your family. Hope you get lots of relaxing and rest during summer.


    Kerrie ________________________________

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  8. My mom wore the aprons that covered her skirts. When we would have spaghetti for dinner she would tie her aprons around my neck and my little sister’s neck. That way we could eat and not ruin our clothes with spaghetti sauce.


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