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I don’t think our kids know what an apron is. The principle 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.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma’s aprons.


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.

They 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…



p.s. The Damsel has looked long and hard for sources for these beautiful thoughts, and the perfect picture to match. She welcomes the chance to add attributions.

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  • SouthernReverie

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this post. I forwarded it to several people and many of them have let me know they enjoyed it too.

    • thedamselindisdress

      Thanks for spreading the love. <3

  • Momza

    so enjoyed reading this! I wear an apron most days when I’m at home…for some of the reasons you’ve listed–it protects my clothing from dirt and grease, it has HUGE pockets for random stuff I find laying around. I have several aprons–all of which my family and friends have made for me over the years.

    • thedamselindisdress

      Thanks so much…I feel the same.
      Love, The Damsel

  • June

    My grandma, who has been gone since 1975, always wore an apron. I still have one of her aprons and can just picture grandma in it each time I look at it. Hers used to hang on a hook behind the kitchen door. Love the site and glad I found it.

    • thedamselindisdress

      Thank you! I gotta get me one of these aprons.

      Margot (The Damsel)

  • Grandma’s little girl

    I love the picture! Reminds me of Grandma! The two lower cupboards to her left have the hinges on the bottom. They were probably bins where she kept flour and sugar. My Grandma had two like that in the very same place! Thanks for memories from my childhood.

    • thedamselindisdress

      I love the bins and what they represent…the fact that baking was done all the time and it made sense to have large amounts of flour and sugar right at hand. Such a cozy thought.
      Thanks for the comment.

      Margot (The Damsel)

  • Kathy

    Great post! Perfect actually. Very well written and made me tear up…..I wear an apron and in this day and age when I go out to get the mail, my neighbors go” What are you cooking?” and actually I’m cleaning…however, the best use was when I babysat my Grandson, I definately would wear it, and at 15 or 16 months, he would grab my apron and try and hide in it….so adorable! Thanks for bringing great thoughts and memories to mind!!

  • notsothoreau

    If you don’t have the pattern for that apron, or no time to sew, you can buy one here:


    I bought two and they are wonderful aprons.

    • thedamselindisdress

      Thanks for the great tip!

      Margot (The Damsel)