Friday, February 5, 2010

The History of Aprons

Pin It I don't think our children 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 the 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 menfolk knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Grandma use to hot baked apple pies on the windowsill to cool. Her granddaughter's set their on the windowsill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron.


  1. Love the post.
    My Mother-in-law wore a apron everyday. When she passed away three years ago, I recieved her aprons! Love 'em.

    Have a great weekend!


  2. This paints such a beautiful picture. I've been wanting an apron for a while now, eventurally I'll have break down and learn to sew one.

  3. Aloha Debbie!! Where did you ever get those patterns? So classic!! Love your thoughts on aprons - so true, what a loss to our lives!! Mahalo for your tribute to aprons!! MM

  4. Great Post! I have a few older apron patterns my mom gave me...have to dig those out!.. Did you notice the sizes 14-16 a medium? I think a medium now is 8-10! How things change! Wow, I just sounded like my Mother! LOL!

  5. My mother wore aprons, but that's where the tradition stopped. I just stick a towel in my pants!


  6. Debbie I bet it's COLD at your house we are not use the this weather in southwest Okla.
    I am just learning about putting together a blog .I have two daughters one a teacher and one a family practice Nurse Practioner, four grandaughters and One grandson we live on in a rural community and farm .

  7. Good luck Sue with your blog and make sure you send me your blog address!

  8. G'morn, Debbie ~

    WOW! You brought back a TON of memories ... everyone I can relate to Mother, G'ma's, etc.
    TY for sharing & resurrecting these beautiful moments .....

    Happy Valentine's ~
    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~Marydon

  9. I adore aprons. I wear one really often and have made some for my granddaughters. Do you read Mary Ellens Farm?

  10. I just love a woman in an apron, my granny and my mother-in-law always wore one, I especially remember her Sunday Apron, white with a cross on the front. Thank you Debbie for your beautiful post and bringing back memories


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