Saturday, April 25, 2009

Episode 5 - All About Aprons

Here are a few of my aprons:

Apron Resources:

Tie One On (see button on blog - it's on the right)
Flickr groups: Apron a Day; Apron Time

Seams to Me, Bend the Rules both have great patterns

Also check out: A is for Apron

Who knew? You can now download sewing patterns at B&N? Talk about instant gratification -- how cool! Here's the link to one: Retro Tie-Back Apron. I haven't tried it, let me know if you do!

Book Review: The Apron Book by EllynAnne Geisel
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2006

Made me think of my apron stories:

Apron Dance : I looked it up - it is a Polish tradition, meant to provide the bride and groom with extra funds for the honeymoon or to set up their home. We used the money to fix my car that broke on the way to the honeymoon, but that's another story!

Apron Chronicles: Patchwork of American Recollections
traveling museum exhibit of vintage aprons and their stories

Here’s a photo and link to some cute vintage Pop Bottle Aprons on Flickr– notice the pocket for the straw. Adorable!

More from EllynAnne Geisel:

Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for every day

The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives

Tip of the Week:
Host an Apron Party

You provide the fabric, perhaps precut, and embellishments. Invite friends to come and make aprons!

Question of the Week: What is your apron memory?

This episode’s Bonus: random drawing for a Cupcake!

Post any comment to this entry, including apron memories. On 5/8/09, I’ll choose a random numbered comment to win this handmade (by me) cupcake:

Good luck!


Ellyn said...

Hey! I'm first! I'd love to win, I'm enjoying your podcast & look forward to this one. I'm an apron lover....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us.
shelly beth

Kelly said...

Ok, I don't count to win the cupcake, but I just wanted to say I love the apron party idea. Maybe we could convince Jan to do a sister's weekend at the shore and we could all make aprons! Wouldn't that be fun?

Mary said...

My first sewing project was sewing bib aprons for my grandmother for her Christmas gift. I was 10 or 11 years old. My mother would iron under a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and I would turn it over again and sew all arond the apron. During the late 1970s and early 1980s I made aprons from the same pattern I used when learning to sew and sold the aprons at craft fairs and gave them as gifts. It was a lot of fun to decorate them.

I enjoy your podcasts. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Hello, Darling aprons!! Love your podcast.
Apron story: My husband's grandmother celebrated her 100th birthday this past January. In celebration, I made MYSELF a wrap around apron from the embroidered tea towels I had purchased from her!! How fun, I don't need to search for one of those fabulous flour sack tea towels, they are all on me!! Grandmother must have embroidered hundreds of those darling tea towels and what a special lady. She has since passed and I am happy to remember her when I do power cooking!! Tami Knox at

lauraboehl said...

Hello Jean,
Love your podcast. I just discovered it from Brye Lynn. Have not listened to this podcast yet but the ones I have heard are great. I too live in the Baltimore area and did belong to Heritage Quilt Guild many years ago. It was great. Now in transition and belong to Bayside Quilters in Easton and found it to be great. Look forward to hearing more from you. Laura Boehl

Within A Quarter Inch said...

Hi! I have really been enjoying your podcast! Please email me because I have a question for you - and I can't find (or remember) your email address. Thanks, Allison from Within A Quarter Inch:)

Anonymous said...

Love the aprons. All your projects are adorable. Sorry for the anonymous post, but I could not get the other"post as" comments to work tonight. Can't wait for your next podcast. Linda in Germantown MD.

Debby said...

I have a very faint memory of aprons made by my grandmother. Oh how I wish my mom had saved some of them. I remember she had some when I was younger that my grandmother had made before she passed away. Love the cupcake you made!
BTW I can't figure out how post my name. It keeps telling me it has illegal characters. Anyway, I'm Debby from Chester NY posting as anonymous because it's the only way I can figure out how to post!!

Anonymous said...

Me again. Typed my e-mail wrong. It's

Anonymous said...

As I wrote in the email to you, I love this podcast.
The ugly apron of my moms that I just love is now mine! I was at her house and I saw it in the cupboard. I asked her again if I could have it and she finally relented! Yay! Then my daughter wanted it so I had to make her an apron. (good thing I have a stash of apron fabric!)
Thank you!

Sewjoe said...

I am listening! Am enjoying your podcasts so keep of the great work. Thanks for inspiring me to make some aprons. What I remember most about my mother's and grandmother's aprons is how worn out they were. I am thinking they had to have been passed through the family. Love the cupcake you made!

Ellyn said...

Love the cupcake! I'm an apron freak (& Love Ellyn Anne's books, especially since she spells her name like me! Never seen it that way before). Some of my favorite aprons are ones I've made from brightly colored vintage tableclothes... yours are fun too!

Robyn said...

I love your podcast so keep 'em coming! Love the thought of my mom in her apron...many happy memories!

Anonymous said...

I've already bought all my fabric for aprons for Christmas! That's what all the ladies on my list are getting!!


KC Quilter said...

Love. love, love all the aprons! And would love to win that adorable cupcake!

Dawn said...

love the aprons, will have to try one myself.


Anonymous said...

I found your comments on the popularity of aprons very interesting. I could never figure out why they were coming back - but then I'm 10 years older than you and wore aprons back when I was a kid. They were to keep your clothes clean, and were very much utilitarian. In Home Ec, everyone started out sewing by making an apron. You used gingham (easy to cut on the lines) and embroidered the pocket. You then wore your apron for the cooking lessons. When it became common to wash your clothes after every wearing, you no longer needed aprons. And I have no desire to wear them now. Although I do admire the ones you are making!

My apron story - when I was 8, I must have been a little sleepy one morning. Of course, I had my apron on to eat my breakfast. When I arrived at school and took off my coat, I was horrified to find I was still wearing my apron! How humiliating to a kid!


Scientific Quilter said...

I went to a local quilt guild quilt show and one of the presenters showed us her vintage aprons. Boy she had a TON. I felt bad (for her) because there were only 2 people listening to her demo including me. There were some half aprons, and some full aprons, utilitarian, and dressy ones, and the rarest she said was a vintage apron that had a mother and daughter set that were alike. I kept thinking about this podcast when I saw them, and I saw something on an apron that I really liked - simple smocking on a pocket on a gingham apron. So I may have to learn how to do that sometime.