Sunday, February 10, 2008


I remember aprons .... do you?


My Girls have started sewing and the first thing they made were aprons.I remember as a young girl watching different women in my life use aprons for many different things.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, 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 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.


Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Lisa,
Oh my gosh, what a memory you gave me. I remember being in the 7th or 8th grade and in Home Ec., that was our very first sewing project, to make an apron. Of course it wasn't the kind like our Grandma's used to wear, but it was one that we tied around our waist. I don't know if my Mom still has that or not. Then from there, we had to make a dress. What fun that was. LOL. I always chose to buy an easy pattern. LOL. "THANK YOU" for reminding us of the good ole days. I so enjoyed reading the things about the good ole days. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Gena said...

What a sweet post. I do remember aprons and I also wear them all the time. Sometimes I forget I have mine on when I run outside for something. The neighbors all get a big kick out of my "old timey" apron. I love what they represent, too - all things homey, warm and loving.

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Lisa,
Just wanted to let you know that when you have time, stop by. I have 3 Awards for you on my today's post. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.


I have all those very same precious memories. Thanks for reminding me. I wish I had an apron today. My MIL used to make them for me. I love those that your daughters made. Have a good day. connie from Texas

Karen said...

I agree with Gena! It's old-timey and makes me feel like I am holding up the tradition! Your girls did a great job on their aprons!

Happymama said...

I loved that post, Lisa!! The very last line made me feel sad, though, at how true it is that girls today are not learning the fine art of cooking homemade goods. I am ispired to have Hannah make her first ever apple pie now. LOL


Tricia said...

Hi...I stumbled upon your blog somehow and loved reading your apron post. I recently ordered a apron pattern from
I am looking forward to making many and giving them as gifts to the ladies in my family. Thanks again for the apron thoughts : )