History of the Apron

One of my younger sisters, Gail, sent me this…and asked if I remembered sewing an apron for Home Ec…I sure do!  I don't have a clue as to who started it, but with Mother's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share this…it brought back so many memories.  Also, aprons are a hot, hot item now…


"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 when she was 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 amazing 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 for dinner.  It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that "old-time apron' that served so many purposes. 


Remember when 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."

On 02/01/09, art and crafting publisher Stampington and Company released their premier issue of Apron*ology, an annual special publication that focuses on artfully-made aprons.


Apron*ology is available on newstands or directly from Stampington & Company online at www.stampington.com or over the phone at 1-877-782-6737.

Thanks for stopping by, and if I forget to come back before then…Happy Mother's Day!



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