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!
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. 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” ;). I 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:
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!