Do you have a favorite apron that you use for cooking or working on the farm or in the garden? Does it have many more uses besides protecting your clothes? Does it have a special meaning because it’s been hand-made by you or someone special? Or has it been handed down from generations before you?
We love this description of Grandma’s apron from Dave & Grace’s Gifts:
The principle use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder 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. –Author Unknown
A Pocketful of Love
What do you put in your apron pockets? Maybe kitchen utensils, your shopping list, eggs from the chicken coop, or these days, maybe even your cell phone! Or some fresh-picked flowers.
Or, just possibly . . .
Collecting aprons is a way of preserving history. Or it can be a passion that’s just plain fun. Aprons are in vogue, and can be worn over your favorite pair of jeans or your best dress. And guys wear aprons too. Who doesn’t love seeing a man manning the BBQ in a farm-themed apron?
The word apron comes from a French word, naperon, which means a small table cloth. It can take many forms, from tied around the waist to full length, covering the entire body. Aprons are one of the most ancient of all garments. They are even mentioned in the Bible!
Make Your Own Apron
It can be great fun to make your own farm girl apron or chef apron. Check here for patterns and instructions. Then be creative! Your apron can be traditional or funky, simple or ornate, or delicate or durable. Just make sure it has pockets for your farming treasures!