Thursday, March 3, 2011

Behind the Bags-Grandma's Apron

The History of 'APRONS
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons 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, 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 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.

We 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...

   I don't know where this originated, it was sent to me by my Sister, so credits cannot be given.
My last week's blog showed an apron cut from an unwanted man's shirt.  Check it out.
 Shows the shirt prepared to cut,  I just eyeballed the cutting.
 Shows all the pieces as the book suggested, plus some trims.
  I went to the thrift store yesterday, (they were having a half off sale on clothing) to get a large man's shirt in a bright printed cotton to try doing the suggested "upcycled" apron.  So, for $1.50 plus some trim and buttons from my stash, the cutest apron was designed.  Give it a try!
Next week it's back to the bags.  Have a nice day!!