Friday, March 12, 2010

The History of Aprons

A few years back a friend shared this article about aprons with us, knowing how much we love sewing and wearing aprons. : )

The History of Aprons

The principle 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 children.

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.

Share this with those who would know, and love the story about Grandma’s aprons. Or it can be a good history lesson for those that have no idea how the apron played a part in our lives.

Remember, Grandma used to set her hot baked pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set their pies on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on the apron. I don’t think I ever caught anything from an apron…. but love!


  1. Hi Sarah!

    I was hoping you would post something today, and You did!
    I love this about the apron, in fact, several weeks ago I found mine and started wearing it too. Brings back a lot of memories. I hope I remember to have it on when my granddaughters are here. Thank you for sharing!

    God bless you,

  2. Hi

    Thank you for posting this. I am not a christian but one who believes in modest dress and conduct; I do hope to order from your site in the future as your clothing is beautiful. Please do keep up this blog; as your postings are fascinating and I love to see pictures and experiences of those living humbly for the sake of God.