Thursday, 28 February 2013

Grandma's Apron - Funny but true

A friend sent me this knowing I am currently working on aprons.
I just had to share it with you......

 Grandma's Apron.

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

The History of 'APRONS'.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required 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 autumn, 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 set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. 

(͡The Government 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 - but love... 


  1. Hi Lynn, what a wonderful post today - love it. Bring back the Grandma's Apron is what I say - how wonderful were they? Would love to find a pattern for one now! I can remember back to school when we made aprons by smocking them...... Hugs, Anne x

    1. I've got some Patterns Anne you can have a look at them when I see you on the 20th.
      Lynn xx

  2. Oh how I love this post Lynn! It brought back so many memories, of my mum, not just my grandma. Like Ann, I remember making an apron at school, but it was a waist one, not overall and I used gingham so that the stitches tucked neatly inside those perfect little squares. Clothes are so 'disposable' now, we aren't inclined to make sure we protect them to last. They would serve us well to come back and protect the ever dwindling amount of pennies in our purses too. I still have a couple of aprons which I do wear when baking (set a good example to Logan don't you know, hehe), so maybe I'll try to make another one day. Love n hugs, Mo xx

  3. Lynn,

    Such a beautiful journey through the history of the apron~I too have fond memories of my grandmother in her apron. In fact, my mother gave me aprons when I got married!
    Thank you!

  4. I grew up in Venezuela and in the summer, the Mother's got together and formed classes for us. In my first sewing class, we made aprons by sewing hankerchiefs together. Mine was coming along very well until I tried to lift it from my lap. I had sewn it to my skirt!

  5. Aaaawwwhhh, Lynn what a lovely trip down Memory Lane! I agree with all you said!
    The very first thing I made in Grammar School was my cookery apron. Blue gingham and very gathered and I couldn't start cookery classes until it was ready. It must have lasted me 40 years!
    love Jo x

  6. Love your aprons post.yes aprons are great things.They are making a come back aren't they- along with other "retro" things!

  7. Another fan of aprons and this post!
    Just like JoZart I remember that the first thing we did at our secondary school before learning any cookery was to make an apron - ours were a blue floral over the head job, all bias edged with a good big pocket on the front. I can picture it well even though that was nearly 40 years ago - wonder where that went! (the apron and the years)

  8. That is gorgeous Lynn. would be fantastic in itself printed on an apron - no, maybe with some of your lovely titivation as well - Jane