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Hi EllynAnne,

I’ve just found your site and It’s great! I’ve been collecting embroidered aprons,tablecloths,doilies,napkins etc etc for years now and i get such pleasure out of it.

I admire the work that has been put into these treasures and i use them around my home. I’m so glad thatyou appreciate these things too. I like to think that the women that made them would be proud that we use them still.

Tania Rubery
Perth, Western Australia

In about 1958 I took a cooking class at school (required at that time). As we cooked in class we learned the importance of wearing an apron for cleanliness (imagine this). Through the years I continued this practice, always wearing a handmade apron of the latest style sewn by my grandmother.

When I was in early marriage, I would walk the few blocks home and tie on an apron as I fixed a light lunch. In cold weather a heavy coat was necessary wearin. Imagine my SURPRISE when I returned to work one afternoon, and removed my coat to be embarrassed that underneath was my apron, still tied around my waist. My face turned rather red when co-workers spotted my apron! Now I know that that was pure cleanliness!

Mrs. Mary Kellam
Shelbyville, Indiana

From Sheryl Morris, Linden, NC

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When we first got married, on our way home from our honeymoon I really wanted an apron. We went into a country store and I asked to try on the aprons. The women looked at me funny and said no one has asked to try them on before, but she let me.

After using my apron for some time I realized there were things I needed if I wanted to be completely happy with my apron. That’s when I started making my own.

I knew I wanted a neckline that didn’t fall when I leaned over, so I made the halter top go through the fabric to have it gather. Also because I am constantly washing my hands I wanted a little bib on my apron to just pick up quick and dry my hands. I also wanted it to fit me really good and be fun and beautiful!

I am calling my apron design “The Curtsey.”

Margaret Hurley in her apron design

Margaret Hurley

        I’m a big fan or yours. Years ago, my daughter Rachel Young worked on “Silver City” movie with your son, whom I met at the Denver premier party. He said I reminded him of you, and I of course had to check it out–well, I’m a huge fan of yours and aprons as well.
        Mom was from Tennessee, and all the aunts had the most wonderful aprons, and different styles of course. One of the last things Mom still enjoyed doing as she started into Alzheimers, was to iron aprons. She always said she liked ironing them, and my sister and I probably thought it was silly. Now I wonder if her mother taught her to iron by aprons…She left quite a collection, which my daughter and I love to go through.
        I went downstairs To find this Haiti apron I bought at a thrift store years ago, and, ironing it, shed a tear for all those poor Haitians…

Diane Jean
Littleton, CO

I just love vintage aprons,
They remind me of my childhood!
I very happy to have find your website,

France Guerin, Quebec, Canada

Hi EllynAnne,

I wanted to share this photo with you:

Memphis, Tennessee on Christmas Day in the late 1950's

It was taken by my father at my grandparent Crawford”s house in Memphis, Tennessee on Christmas Day in the late 1950’s. My grandmother is standing next to my grandfather who is seated at the head of the table. My dad’s cousins are the other two ladies standing and all three women are dressed to the nines and wearing their freshly laundered and ironed ‘fancy’ aprons for the holidays. My grandmother likely made them and embroidered the designs on them. I can almost smell the homemade yeast rolls on the table, along with all the pies I know are sitting in the kitchen waiting for their turn at the table. Oh to go back and rejoice in those days again.
Thank you for bringing back the memories!

Christi Crawford-Partee
the Ozark Mtns, Arkansas

Tracy Fullington“You’ve just inspired me to collect my buttons and sift through them like stones. Reading your blog and seeing this bountiful button box makes me so nostalgic…

I remember being just six years old and finding a pearly white two-holed button on the playground one day. She shone with grandeur in my eyes and I pocketed the small treasure. I wondered what stories she would tell me if only I could listen close enough… How did she fall to the lonely ground? Had she popped off a fairy princess’ gown? Oh, the stories Miss Button might hold… Try as I might, my incessant chattering to Miss Button and my classmates unveiled no magical stories. Instead, my chatter landed me, my desk and Miss Button in front of the class and next to my first grade teacher, Mrs. Rich. Instructed to stop talking to my classmates, my only concern was whether I could continue to talk to Miss Button. To my delight, I was allowed to chatter on to Miss Button, who never did reveal her secrets. Oh, to be childlike and innocent enough to lose yourself imagining life through the eyes of a button…”

My Mom’s Recollection:

“I remember the first grade button–you had a little box you kept all the ones you found in. I know I got in trouble with you when I washed your jeans and you thought button was gone. Luckily,it turned up in bottom of washer!! I sure remember you were always intrigued with unusual buttons. Grammy kept her button collection in a canister–you always wanted to dump them out and play with them. That’s how I taught you to count–add and subtract. You always wanted to take the canister to school, but I knew better for you–so it stayed home. Still have the canister of buttons of Grammy’s–now and then I need one to replace one. I also remember where lots she saved came from–my childhood.”

Tracy Fullington, Georgetown, KY

I found my first gingham apron (with exquisite chicken scratch stitching) at my little thrift store a couple years ago. Every time I went I would find another, and then another. Seriously, I never found any two the same and always only one at a time. I never paid more than a dollar for each vintage gingham apron and they were all in mint condition. I had to wonder if they were made by the same lady. I love that I have kept them all together, in case they were.

You can read more about my gingham apron collection here.

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Linda Thompson, Tempe, AZ

Granny MaxineOur mother’s name is Maxine but to everyone, she was known as “Granny.” Several people never knew her given name. She and our dad were married for 60 years. Mom was a very proud yet simple woman, an angel and lady in every since of the word. Making sure everyone’s needs were met before her own, she wanted only for her family to be healthy and happy.

When getting her day started, Mom would dress and put on her favorite apron. She would cook, clean and tend her flowers. I don’t recall seeing her without her apron on. I think for Mom, it was a sign of strength and protection for those she cared for and loved so much. On September 5, 2007, Mom passed away of a massive stroke to the brain, at age 78. We chose to bury her in her favorite skirt, blouse and sweater and, of course, her favorite apron.

In our eyes there is nothing more that needs to be said about our mother. Her life on earth said it all. She now proudly wears her apron for GOD.

Ray Studle, husband, and children Glen, Barbara, Jerry, Sandra, and Dennis.

Submitted by daughter: Barbara Threlkel, Bowling Green, KY

Dear EllynAnne,

I heard your presentation at Ladybug Quilts in Colorado Springs. I thought you would enjoy seeing this picture. My Aunt Eleanor George Pasley made cobbler aprons for all of the females in the family one Christmas. She and her family were unable to come home to the farm near Lebo, Kansas that Christmas or the photo would have included even more females with aprons! We still have some of the aprons! I believe this photo was taken around Christmas 1961.

Susan George Phillips

Susan George Phillips

Kansas City apronsFor several years my friends Janie and Nancy and I have shared dinners once a month, rotating between our homes and usually trying a new recipe each time we cook for the others. This picture was last Christmas at my home. Nancy and I are wearing our new Kansas City aprons, a gift from Janie.

I give Apron Programs and have had some wonderful experiences sharing stories about aprons.

Sally, Wichita, KS

I love the old embroidery on the pillow cases and sheets. I also love using them – and am very sad at how quickly the linen itself wears out. After a few years of use, with careful washing & drying, the linen actually shreds. I would love to have these last longer.

Lori Conzatti
Seattle, WA

My dearly beloved mother-in-law was an avid embroiderer. She had a entire dresser full of her handiworks where she kept them perfectly pressed and folded in plastic bags so none would get dirty. The only thing she embroidered for herself was a set of days of the week dishtowels; all the other things in the dresser were for others or too “good” to actually use. That’s just how it was then, you didn’t use anything new unless you absolutely had to or if company was coming.

Such was the case with the towels, which she used daily for 60 plus years. Many times I asked for that set, to frame and give to the granddaughters, but always she refused, because “they still had some good space left on them to use.”

Well, December of 2008 she died and as we go through her belongings, I am hoping that those old towels that have dried many, many dishes from her love of cooking and being of service to her family are still there. Now those framed towels will be even more memorable as a tribute to the loving hands of Mom.

Lynda Lorenz, Frohna, MO

When I was a little girl, my mother’s friend Mary Ruth always tied an apron on (a dressy hostess apron) at any gathering, especially at the home of someone who died. Let me explain; this is a big thing in the South…the kitchen of the loved one would be full of ladies taking care of huge hams, casseroles, desserts of every kind, for the family and friends to eat. Mary Ruth would always be in charge of the kitchen, giving orders right and left. I was in awe of her! The sight of those aprons just made my mouth water…I was so pleased when she gave me one of my own when I was older. This began my life-long love of aprons of every kind and pictures of them being worn by women of any and all persuasions. Your book is the personification of this love of mine. Thank you for the Apron Book!

Ms. Paula Bush, Newnan, GA

After reading your book, I got the apron bug. Although I’ve never been much of a seamstress I decided to try the waist apron pattern in your book. I’ve now made several aprons and given them as gifts.

My grandmother will be 99 years old in March, she has always worn a waist apron everyday that I can remember. Many of them are worn out now and my mother was throwing some of the badly worn ones out. I decided to make my grandma two aprons for Christmas, I embellished them with rickrack and buttons on the pockets and a gathered ruffle on the hem of one.

My mom laughed when she told me that of all the wonderful and some expensive Christmas gifts that my grandma received, the one she talked about most and was happiest about was the two aprons that I had given her. It was a great feeling to make Grandma so happy with such a simple gift.

Michelle Tilley

Amity, AR


I am so excited about your new book. I love all of the linens that I managed to save from different family members. I’ve even been able to add to my collection thanks to thrift shops, antique shops and best of all my church rummage sale! It is so cool to be sorting through donated items and find older aprons and linens. For some reason our pricers don’t tend to think they are worth much – ha – if they only knew! I’ve even found some pieces that I plan to use on apron pockets.

I just love Grace – she wrote directions and emailed them to me for a “simple” apron when I first started making them a year or so ago. I still have her printed out email directions that I refer to all of the time when trying to figure out how to use some of the smaller pieces of fabric I find in our church sewing room.

Thanks for all of the inspiration I receive from you – I always want to get busy with fabric after I look at your blog.


Sue Williams, Bellflower, CA

Dear EllynAnne,

I discovered you and your story in the book “You’ve Got to Read This Book!” Thank you for reminding me of my dear grandmothers and their aprons. I miss them always.

I, too, am a writer, and my heart’s desire is always to inspire. You have certainly done that for me, and I thank you!

Kate Miller

Carmel, CA

I just received your book as a gift from my sister in law and am thoroughly enjoying it. I have made several aprons as gifts. One that I made for myself and I use the most is from recycled jeans. It is so easy. You just cut the bib out and use bias tape to cover the raw edges and make the ties. It is durable and economical if your husband gets a stain on his jeans, they don’t go to waste. I have jeans aprons for the kids too. I appreciated your opening of the book regarding the ties that people have to their mother and grandmothers through food. Besides my photos and journals, I consider my cookbooks and recipes, especially those hand written from my aunts and grandma, very prized possessions. Thank you for your work and Merry Christmas!

Tanya Gibson, Witchita, KS

Tanya Gibson and her daughter

Growing up, I never saw my mother or grandmother wear an apron. They actually both hate to cook and I seemingly became the same type of woman. I would often complain to my boyfriend (now fiancé) about the pains associated with cooking and baking. However, not too long ago my fiancé brought home a “gag” gift. He had a package filled with two chefs’ hats and a white apron. But, something took over me and I felt the need to try it on AND I loved it! I recently started cooking more (with the help of my fiancé, who is an amazing cook!) and now I wear the white apron as much as possible. I love how it serves a purpose, but I also love the way it looks and feels on me.

Skyler Stull

When I was a little girl, my mother’s friend Mary Ruth always tied an apron on (a dressy hostess apron) at any gathering, especially at the home of someone who died. Let me explain; this is a big thing in the South…the kitchen of the loved one would be full of ladies taking care of huge hams, casseroles, desserts of every kind, for the family and friends to eat. Mary Ruth would always be in charge of the kitchen, giving orders right and left. I was in awe of her! The sight of those aprons just made my mouth water…I was so pleased when she gave me one of my own when I was older. This began my life-long love of aprons of every kind and pictures of them being worn by women of any and all persuasions. Your book is the personification of this love of mine. Thank you for the Apron Book!

Paula Bush Newnan, GA

My grandmother had such fun making aprons for her friends. They were called cocktail aprons in the 50s and you wore them when you had company over for dinner and drinks. They were half aprons made from floral cottons sometimes with sheer cotton overlays and patch pockets to match the floral fabric. They were very flouncy looking. All her friends were mad about them and wanted to pay her for these but she would accept no money for the orders she received. I have one apron of my mother’s that my Grandma Rae made my mother for an engagement gift. It was crocheted with pure white cotton thread and she weaved sky blue satin ribbon through the waistband which made the tie; it is tattered in spots but still quite beautiful and dear to my heart.

Cheryl Nocera

When I was very young, probably five or so, my mother gave me an apron. My grandmother was an excellent seamstress, but I don’t know if she made my apron or not. It’s very possible. This apron was wonderful. It had two different fabrics and then a very special feature. It had a snap-on pot holder made of the same fabric and kind of quilted. I was NOT a girly girl. I was a definite tomboy! However, there was something even more special about this apron. It was a small version of one that my mother had that was exactly like it. I have the apron to this day, over fifty years later. I have never been one to use an apron, but my mother did. She raised five children mostly on her own which meant that she would come home from work and put on her apron and cook dinner. Sometimes, she would cook all weekend to prepare several meals for the upcoming week. Hmmmm. I think I need to go check and see if I just happen to have her apron too.

Mrs. P Gonzales

I am 63, and I love aprons to this day. As a child I remember when my grandmother and women of the church would get together to can. All of them had aprons; some full and long that covered their whole front (like a bib with a skirt). Some just tied around the waist, some pure white, and others like a circus of happy colors. I was so happy when I finally reached the age when they slipped a mint green apron over my head, and put a deep fold at my waist, then wrapped it around me, and tied it in the front. I was now part of the grown up crowd.

Pastor Jonita Johnson
Bellingham, WA

Dear EllynAnne,
Some 60 years ago, when my mom was a teenager, she purchased a crochet apron to place in her Hope Chest. When she showed me the apron and told me how she paid someone to crochet it for her, it was as if I was not looking at my mom, but at the young lady who many years prior purchased this beautiful apron in anticipation of her own family and the comforts and treasured memories she could create as a mother. And she did! As far back as I can remember, I don’t recall ever seeing her cook a meal without wearing an apron. Every Sunday she prepares her famous spaghetti and meatballs dinner for anyone who wants to stop by and eat. There is always a full table and she’s always wearing her apron from the time we get there until we leave. I tell her that she doesn’t need to cook every Sunday, but I believe it is her comfort zone and that she seems to draw strength from preparing that special meal, or maybe knowing that it’s going to promote smiles and conversation with her family. I tell her that she is too good to us and her reply is, “I love my family.” As an aside, I’ve also attached a picture of my mom and dad on their 55th wedding anniversary two years ago. Sadly, he passed away six months ago, and is deeply missed. They both instilled such great values and beliefs in their six children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thank you for your work and what it represents . . . the memories of days gone by and the promises of untold futures, all tied together by a special apron.

Leslie A. Samberson

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Clearly this apron was “not” worn by my mother but stored for use on a special occasion. Nevertheless, I have countless memories of aprons, embroidered linens, and silver polish. It’s funny, as a youngster I remember thinking that some of the things my mother or grandmother did were senseless but these very same behaviors have become common place for me. Years later my own daughter would eagerly help with these tasks. However, during her tweens, she too snubbed her nose or laughed at what I did. Today I can see that she appreciates the traditions handed down and will cherish the family heirlooms she will one day receive. This apron will be among them.

Helene Engle

When I was in 8th grade, I took home ec for the first time, along with my
friend who lived 2 doors away from me. Our first assignment was to make an
apron. Thinking about that now, that was a pretty optimistic assignment to
give 13 year old kids, right out of the gate. It was a disaster, of course,
so we both went to my Mom, who could sew beautifully. She made both aprons.

When the grades were given, my friend Monica got an “A”…I got a “C”. My
Mom got a big kick out of that.

Susan Liles

I got married June, 1959. My aunt,who lived in Kentcky, gave me a shower
that spring when I was home from college. She made this beautiful yellow
organdy apron that was from the waist down. She put a gathered ruffle as the hem.

In those days they didn’t have fabric paints like they do now. But she had
everyone sign my “yellow organdy” apron in pencil. Then later, she went over their names with red ink.

This was to be my “dress up dinner” apron! (So 50’s!!!)
Today I have it startched and hanging on a hook in my utility room where we
live in Florida.
I really don’t think I ever used it as it was so “special…like a prom
dress”…but I hang it to remember the “good times”.
What I laugh about when I look at it is every one that was married signed
their name: MRS. E. L. MURPHY (my own mother), MRS. AGNES HOFMANN (my own
grandmother), MISS ALINE MURPHY (my aunt)…this makes me laugh and realize
back in 1959…you were known by Mrs. or Miss…not just your regular name
like Nancy or Nancy Murphy. We have come a long way.

Nell Monarch

Fern Darr braided apron rug - click to view largerWe lived on a farm and when my mother passed away, I took all her feed sacks aprons and made them into a braided rug. I am 87 and can’t remember for sure how old the rug is, but it looks very good.

Fern Darr
Federal Heights, Colorado

I love aprons also, or aperns as they are called by some. My mother never wore them, she deemed them old-fashioned, but I longed for them as a child, and as an adult used them constantly. I remember my husbands Grandmother (a Saint) saying that the women would talk at the fence line waiting for the children to come in, and she would flip her apron up and cover her arms. She said, “Have you ever noticed that the back of ladies arms get cold?” And so they do. Mind you, she was in her 90’s when she told me this, living and raising her family on a dryland wheat ranch. I think of her every time I put on my “apern.”

Julia Grant

Some years ago I was a caregiver to an elderly couple. When they passed on I was given the wife`s aprons. She was also my friend and her name was Faye. Faye was a homemaker from the 1920`s into the 1990`s. I wear one of her aprons every day. They are still “Faye`s Aprons”. I never saw her without one. They are soft, a bit faded and worn, but still so precious to me.

Mrs. Catherine Robertson

My Mother, who is 79 years old, was named “Margie Ruth” by my Grandmother. She saw the name in an apron advertisement in a catalog. Granny must have liked the aprons to name her child after them.

Michelle Salazar

Every day, my grandma wore an apron over a simple dress, seamed nylon stockings, and white comfort shoes similar to what nurses wore. As a seven year old, my view was of her back side standing at the stove or kitchen counter, where she cooked and baked from scratch, her apron tied at her thick waist.

I especially recall laundry day at her house: the ringer washer, wicker baskets of wet laundry carried outside to the clothes line, the long sticks my Grandpa made to hike up the clothes lines to keep the sheets from touching the ground, the clothes pin bag hanging on the line – the whole thing was quite an operation.

She had a particular way of hanging out her wash-sheets & towels on the forefront line, personal wear on the center line and out of view to passers by, shirts, dresses and pants on the back line. She would connect each item together down the line in an almost mechanical motion, standing on tip toes at times. I was in awe of her and wanted to do what she did when I grew up, but I was side stepped by modern appliances such as an electirc powered sewing machine, gas clothes dryer, mirowave oven, etc… I have never worn an apron, but I do so love the spirit of the aprons such as my Grandma wore as a uniform of love, family and magical homemaking. Thank you for your inspiring apron memories web site.

Karen Krupp

My grandmother always wore an apron. When we would visit, I can remember waking up at 4 am to the smell of coffee and hot grease as she made our requested homemade donuts. I can remember the look of her hands wiping across her apron. Often made from recycled fabric, I would recognize my dad’s bicycle pajamas or a top of my mom’s from long ago. Now, I watch my daughter rock in a rocking chair with a homemade chair cushion with some of those same fabrics. My grandmother passed away a year ago. I inherited two aprons that were left behind when other family gathered her stuff. They are transparent and lined with pink. My mom is wearing one of them in a 1969 yearbook picture. I am happy to have them and love the story of how my grandmother aquired them. My grandfather picked them out for buying a certain amount of feed. I don’t think she ever wore them.

Kelli Doubledee
Topeka, Kansas

My three-old grand daughter was helping me bake cookies one day and I let her wear one of my aprons. The next time we baked she was trying to remember what it was called and was getting frustrated—finally she said, ” You know, Grandma, your ‘cooking dress’ !

Mrs. Jackie Remer
Homer, NE

Tying Together — A Celebration of Aprons jumped off a page and into my heart as I read the December 2006 AARP Bulletin. It brought back warm memories of my mother, seamstress extraordinarie, who was known throughout her little town as the ‘Apron Lady.”

Whenever a friend was to be married, and my mother was invited to attend a bridal shower, the ladies in attendance patiently awaited the opening of Marion’s gift…always a big box filled with an assortment of her handmade aprons: a clothespin apron, a barbecue apron, a couple of bib aprons and always a very frilly, party apron. There were even aprons for the major holidays – a Christmas apron (red and green), an Easter apron (flowered, in spring colors), a Thanksgiving apron (red, gold and rust hues)and several in simple, ‘everyday” patterns.

I have only one remaining threadbare apron that I wear when I roll cookie or pie dough. I have often thought that I might like to go to the store, buy some material, get out the little old, black Singer machine my mother once used, and make an apron or two for myself. I have never followed through on that whim. Perhaps now I will.

One thing I do know is that I will be purchasing The Apron Book. It may awaken me enough to pick up where Mom left off. Thanks for the memories.”

—Donna Schilling, Brookfield, CT

Apron Story

‘Here is my favorite family apron photo. On a 1962 camping trip to Death Valley, California, my mom prepared our meal over a campfire — but not without her trusty apron!”

—Marsha Plucker, Castle Rock, CO

“My grandmother made me several aprons when I first got married back in 1974, and they have always been very special to me. They’re made from different colored gingham check fabric, and each has cross stitching in a floral design, except for this one — my name is cross stitched.

To protect them, I framed some and proudly display them in my kitchen. They are a way for me to hold onto the special memories I have of my grandmother.

Thanks for keeping the apron memories alive.”

—Debbie Lassiter, Reidsville, NC

“My husband and I are faithful viewers of Charles Osgood’s Sunday Morning program. When I saw your segment on aprons, I knew then and there the gift I’d be giving to my girlfriends and my two sisters.

Sewing the aprons put me back in touch with my own growing up years, and remembering my mom in the kitchen. At 87, Mom now has dementia and she doesn’t know me, my sisters or her husband of 65 years. Thank you for sending me to a place I remember as warm and safe and full of promise.

Here’s a poem I wrote and wrapped up with each new apron and a copy of your book.”

—Pam Bloom, Peoria, IL

The Apron by Pam Bloom

In days gone by,
When I watched my Mom bake an apple pie,
When my tears were dried by the corners of her skirt,
When I’d scrape my knee and she’d say
‘It’s okay, a hug will take away the hurt.”

In days gone by,
When I was glued to the tube,
To Harriet Nelson or Lucy Arnez in the kitchen,
Teaching me more about family and laughing.

In days gone by,
When I dreamed of what I would become,
When I’d look to my Mom to help me see
The future and all it held.

In days gone by,
When all I wanted to do was to iron like her,
To be able to make that pretty ruffle crinkle,
To put that pleat just where it should be


In days gone by,
I never took a moment to slow down and ask,
Or have her tell me the stories I so now want to know,
Or hold close the aprons she years ago threw away,
Because of the stain or the tear or the wear.

In days gone by,
When I was too young to value the things that now are gone,

If only I could bring back some of those times,
To have a chance to ask again, or to listen better,
Or to see the wisdom in her face, or to appreciate her in a different way.

In days gone by.

“Grandma was a busy farm wife for over 60 years. Along with keeping a 2-story home spotless, cooking everything from scratch and spoiling the grandkids, she sewed, including making aprons out of dresses too worn out to wear. Sewing was relaxing to her, and she did it all on a Singer treadle machine. The first thing she taught me to sew was an apron. I still have it.

After her passing, we were going through her things, and there were Grandma’s beloved aprons. My oldest daughter, who was then in her late teens or early twenties, said she would like to have them. I was surprised because I didn’t know she thought of the aprons as home-made treasures. She cried when I gave them to her. My daughter is now 36, and she tells me that the aprons are stored, but she takes them out sometimes just to hold and to remember her beloved great-grandmother.

That is my apron story. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed yours. Keep saving these wonderful treasurers.”

—Brenda Berardelli, East Sparta. OH

Apron Story

“I love vintage 1/2 aprons, too, and used them as the theme for a Mother’s Day celebration in 2005 for my now deceased Mommy. She was on Hospice and we tried to make every holiday a party for her. We named the party IN THE KITCHEN WITH RUTH. I made all her favorite recipes, and everyone – the grandchildren, children and even the men — wore vintage aprons. What fun we had!

In the photo, my Mommy is in the coral pants outfit, and I’m wearing one of her old party dresses!”

—Lenore Levine, Boynton Beach, FL

In 1899, my father was six years old, and his mother was pregnant with her sixth child.

“My grandmother went into labor at home, and the five children were sent to stay at the neighbor’s. As they crossed the field, they passed the mid-wife, who was on her way to their house. As she walked by the children, she had her arms wrapped in her kitchen apron.

When my six-year-old father returned home later in the day, he had a brand new baby sister. He was convinced that the baby was brought to their home in the apron of the neighbor lady.”

—La Veta R. Trezise, Golden, CO

Apron Story

“My great, great grandfather Samuel Good was the founder and builder of Goods Mill, one of many mills in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area. As the history buff of the family, I have all kinds of wonderful items, including feed sack aprons, which I have loaned to several societies and museums in the area for exhibitions.

One day I mentioned to my husband, Earl, that we should put together a small pamphlet on mills to go along with a feed sack exhibit that was put on by four area museums. To make a long story short, thru the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, over a seven year period of time, we have published four volumes of information on Mills of Rockingham County. Volume III, contains over 200 pages on feed sack material and includes many photos of feed sack aprons.

When I start on one of my tangents, Earl knows there is no stopping! Inspired by your book, I went through a collection of aprons and pulled a beautiful purple apron with appliqué roses. It was a wedding gift – June 14, 1969 — and never used. Now I want to hang it somewhere in the house where I can see it every day. It was handmade by my Aunt Grace, the first wife of a brother of my daddy and a very dear person. Aprons bring back many, many memories for me.”

—Janet Baugher Downs, Goods Mill, VA

“What a joy it was to visit your website today and realize that there are many of us with like minds on the subject of this useful and cherished homemaking ‘necessity.” I hope you enjoy reading my own version of Granny’s apron, which I composed many years ago.”

—Jane-Ann Heitmueller, Vinemont, Alabama

Why, Granny? By Jane-Ann Heitmueller

‘Why do you wear aprons, Granny?” I asked her one day,
as I nestled on her lap, while resting from my play.

‘Mercy child,” she replied, ‘it’s just a part of life. It’s as
valuable to me as Grandpa’s pocketknife.

When I wrap it on each day it makes me feel complete. I’m
prepared to face the day… whatever I shall meet.

Sometimes it’s a wiping rag to dry my dripping hands.
Sometimes it’s a holding cloth to grasp the boiling pans.

Now and then it dries a tear or wipes a runny nose. It’s a
part of all I do, wherever Granny goes.

Carrying potatoes or the hens’ eggs from their nest.
Snuggling baby kittens close and warm against my breast.

Wiping up the drips and drops that splatter on the floor. Oft’
times used to dust the table and there’s so much more.

On a rainy day it’s used to shield my head from rain or to
take the horses lots of tasty, yellow grain.

Sometimes it’s a help to open stubborn lids I grip. It can
hide a dirty spot or shield a jagged rip.

It’s been known to shine a shoe or dry a puppy’s fur or to
clear a mirror when the steam has caused a blur.

Best of all though, precious child sitting on my knee, it’s
a place to nestle you and have you here with me!”

Apron Story

“As long as I can remember the women in my family have baked. I have the family cook book to prove it! From an early age I was always in the kitchen with my grandmothers, aprons on, while they were baking. They would give me leftover pie crust dough to play with and then would sprinkle my creations with sugar and bake them into cookies for me. The aprons I remember were colorful with 60’s style prints on them and I always felt ‘official” when I got to wear one.

Now in my late 20’s, I make my own aprons (sewing was something also taught to me by my grandmothers) and wear them while making traditional baked goods such as Banket from the Dutch side of my family or English Trifle from the English side, my Great Grandmother’s recipe. I still only feel ‘official” in the kitchen with an apron on.”

—Lindsay Bennett, Michigan

“I’m nearly 86 years old and still doing all my own cooking, but I can be pretty messy in the kitchen so usually just wear old clothes around the house. But one day I had dressed to leave the house and was making soup. I managed to splatter it all over everything, including my shirt, and thought, I really ought to have an apron–the kind that would cover everything up.”

Apron Story

“The very next day, I was on my daily walk on a trail near home. As I passed some big rocks piled next to the trail I noticed a rolled-up piece of black cloth lying on top of them. Curious, I reached up, picked up the cloth, and began to laugh. It was an apron!

I am firmly convinced that I have been watched over all my life, but this was getting ridiculous. It was even a bib apron that would have covered exactly what should have been covered the day before when I made the mess in my kitchen. I took the apron home and washed it and since then have had fun telling family and friends about my apron miracle.

It really was like the answer to a prayer as instantaneous as you could be without being obvious. A flash of light and an apron suddenly appearing in the kitchen would have been more than an old man’s heart could have stood!”

—John V. Thompson, Kansas City, MO

“My mother is now 100 years old and as she has aged, I realize the importance of her memories of the past. In fact, that is what she loves to reflect upon. I only have one of my mother’s aprons, which I wore to your book signing at The Tattered Cover in Denver. Thank you for restoring this important symbol of the family.

I promised I would write my father’s apron story, so here goes: My father was a mail carrier in Akron, Ohio from 1930-1970. One day he had a postage-due letter for a lady, so he rang the doorbell. She came to the door wearing a full length big apron, and when she turned around and walked away to get the money she owed him, he realized that the apron was ALL she had on!!”

—Sandy Hansen, Denver, CO

Apron Story

“My mother, Ines Gassino, wore aprons when she cooked, but never this apron. It was given to her as a wedding gift from her Aunt Josephine Oss. Because of their close relationship, the apron was extra special. My mother wore it only when she would serve an important meal. The apron is sewn of lame´ taffeta, and the pocket is accented with real fur…the only fur Ines ever owned!

I follow in my mother’s tradition of wearing aprons over my work clothes when I’m preparing meals for my husband and me or just sitting down for a quick lunch, and I only wear her special apron for special occasions!

Since my mother passed away after a brief illness in December 2005, this apron is truly a treasure.”

—Dian Montgomery, Pueblo, Colorado

Apron Story

The Victorian Tea held at the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center was a delightful mixture of history, repast, favours and, of course, aprons! The annual event was a sell out…and for those in attendance, a lovely afternoon spent amongst generations.

Apron Story

(EllynAnne pictured with SCHC’s Co-Director Heather Evanoff and Chris Ball, Director-Marketing & Development.)


  1. I remember Mom and my Grandma always wore an apron…and she loved the ones I sewed for her out of hand towels. We have been inviting an elderly member from church out for Thanksgiving, so he will not spend the holiday alone and we try to include others who are alone too. When I bake bread, I take a loaf to the 80+ couple next door, and I always make too much chili for the pot or have too much in my fridge.
    Laura P

  2. I love this event, and have participated in it the last several years. Thanks EllynAnne for encouraging us to do so. This year I plan on taking the apron and bread to a couple ladies in our community who have lost their husbands this year. These are families that have led by example and been pillars in our community. While the loss has been felt by all of us, I can’t help but to know… nothing like it is and will be as we approach the holidays, for these courageous women.

  3. What a wonderful idea! I will plan to do this this year. I have plenty of aprons that would be a pretty gift, and although I am gluten free, I can find something to cook that would be appreciated. I don’t know who to give it to, so I’ll pray about it and see who the Lord lays on my heart. Thanks for the idea and the giveaway!

  4. This is so inspiring! I think I am going to take a loaf of bread and an apron to my dear neighbor Dot. She’s a lovely widow who’s feisty attitude never fails to make me smile. Since she’s on her own, she doesn’t always remember to make herself something to eat. Funny how you can spend a lifetime cooking for others then when it is just you alone, you don’t make the effort anymore? Maybe this will remind her that she’s important enough to make a meal for.

  5. I agree .. this is a fabulous idea. I have so many aprons, but think I might just make a new one for my neighbors. We live in the country and don’t live close to chat so I think this might be just the ice breaker. I’ll bake a fresh loaf of homemade bread, maybe a christmas apron for mom and a matching one for her daughter! Thanks so much for inspiring us. I would love to see the use of aprons and their heritage back with our younger generations. It’s who we are and where we came from.

  6. I have been busy making aprons from old linens and think this is a great idea.
    Will take a loaf of bread and apron to a work friend whose husband was hurt really bad a month ago. I think they would love a nice loaf of bread.

  7. Well unlike years past, where I have taken baked goodies, home made peserves all wrapped in vintage and some not so vintage linens to elderly neighbors,,, I think this year I will start a new tradition… my daughter & her hubby adopted 2 very wonderful babies this year…My daughter loves hosting Thanksgiving Dinner and even with the addition of the two toddlers she want’s to host Thanksgiving dinner…So I think I shall make matching Mother~daughter aprons & potholders, some kid size baking tools and a loaf of yummy Gingerbread for them.
    Thank you EllynAnne for reminding us to reach out.
    Apron hugz

  8. I have a great apron pattern called the “Church Lady” apron. I made a bunch of them and give them away as hostess or house warming gifts. I plan to give one to each of my older daughters this Christmas as they establish themselves in their own homes. So what’s a few more?! I have new and old neighbors who are feeling the “pinch” of our economy as am I (unemployed now for almost 18 months!) so I will bake a bread or cake and wrap them up in my “church lady” aprons and deliver them on Thanksgiving Eve. What a fabulous idea! So glad I “stumbled” across this site!

  9. I have lunch every week with friends from high school (most of us went to grade school together as well). We are all senior citizen now and most of them are now widows. I plan to bake something for them and give it at lunch.

  10. I plan to do a towel with an embroidered design for a friend again….her home was flooded this late summer and she lost all her lovely things. It will be a long time before she and her husband can get moved back into thier home. I will wrap up a nice homemade bannana bread for them to have at Thanksgiving, with the towel.

  11. i learned about this last year and i love the idea of it.
    I will be trying to get a few ladies from my church involved and maybe even on my blog. My neighbors are going through some tough times and that calls for a little tlc. Probably banana bread and two aprons…mom and daughter. Feeding people and making aprons…two of my favorite activities!!!

  12. With the tornado that tore thru our small community this spring it will be easy to find a family that needs their spirits lifted this Thanksgiving. I would consider it a blessing to join you in this cause of bringing some comfort to a family. It will be cookies to Cathy from Cathy.

  13. My sweet fried Zetta, an elderly friend who I drive to shopping and appointments, would love a home baked goodie wrapped up in an old fashioned apron! Delivering it to the retirement home dressed in an apron will be a hoot! I have a pattern that I took off of a vintage apron that will be perfect for her.

  14. I love holidays that are about giving! I’m looking forward to celebrating NTOOD for the first time this year. I have found a cute vintage apron, have picked out a yummy pumpkin bread recipe, and will be giving them to a new neighbor down the street. Thanks!

  15. I love holidays that are about giving! I’m looking forward to celebrating NTOOD for the first time this year. I have found a cute vintage apron, have picked out a yummy pumpkin bread recipe, and will be giving them to a new neighbor down the street. Thanks!


  16. I can close my eyes and see my grandmother, mom and all my aunties wearing aprons while preparing our huge feasts for Thanksgiving. My mother went into a nursing home recently and I inherited many of her vintage linens, which I’m making into a quilt so I can wrap up in the memories of days gone by. There is a gentle, elderly man on my street who will be the recipient of my home baked bread for the “Tie One On” event. What a wonderful idea this is!

  17. This is a great idea. I had been planning on aprons for Christmas gifts this year, so will get one done early and pass it on. I have a friend who is facing surgery after Thanksgiving so I will give this to her.

  18. The recipient of my Thanksgiving “Tie One On” will be a young mother, newly single, who is struggling to make a new life for herself and her son, despite the heartache of an unwanted divorce. I will wrap a loaf of pumpkin bread in an apron which was made by the young woman’s great-grandmother. It was a gift to me and now I’ll pay it forward.

  19. Love the idea. I have two aprons on the clothes line at the top of the page that were my mothers: the lady apron from the 30’s or 40’s–2nd from the left, with her skirt done in peach, and the handkerchief pattern–2nd from right. I’m also using two of her bib aprons from the 50’s. I will be making cookies and banana or pumpkin bread for a middle aged couple. He lost his job early last year and only works part time. She has multiple sclerosis and in a wheelchair as she cannot walk.

  20. There is an elderly lady in our church that has very limited eyesight. I will supply her with some home cooking. She loves chocolate,so I will include a bit of fudge.
    I’ve made up-cycled aprons from jeans and cotton fabric for trims. Country cute!
    Glad I found your blog. Love it.

  21. We live kind of in the country and my closest neighbors husband has had serious health issues lately so this is a perfect thing to do for them. He loves my pies so I will make them a peach pie and for her a pretty apron, with a note in the pocket about what a blessing they are to my family. Thank you so much for the idea.

  22. I love aprons, I even have a 25 year old one I always wore on holidays that looks like a tuxedo front, – cummerbund and all. I also teach sewing lessons. I teach sewing lessons, and love to make my younger students an apron from cotton tea towels. But a note in the pocket is a great idea. I have a friend who writes a food blog, has 6 kids and has had way too much happen this year. She’s a vegetarian and cooks a lot!!
    She deserves an apron with a note in the pocket.

  23. My Mom also always wore an apron, she also made aprons for 5 of her girls for shower gifts , both for weddings and a baby gifts. My Mom is now 90yrs. She can no longer see to sew , so I will be making her an apron , not for the kitchen but for her walker and gadgets. Then she will have more pockers to carry her phone and batteries for her hearing and her glasses. i will also stuff and pretty little handky it the pocket.
    This is a fun thing to do. Only because she loved me enough to teach me to sew. Linda

  24. I have collected aprons for several years and have WAY more than I thought I would ever have. I just can’t turn away from them-they represent so much care and love. I would love to know the story that each one of them brings.
    I plan to wrap a loaf of bread up and take it to a good friend that I haven’t had a chance to visit with lately. I can’t think of a better way to brighten her day!

  25. I love this idea!! My neighbor and best friend has had a really rough year with her son who is battling substance abuse. She loves my banana bread, so this is a good excuse to give her a loaf and a hug!

  26. How exciting! Love the prizes! This fall, I’ve been dabbling in baking fresh white bread. I love the divine smell it leaves in my house! I think I will bake some bread and deliver it (still warm of course!) to a new neighbor! Our subdivision is still under construction so we have people moving in regularly!

  27. This project could not have come at a better time. My son’s school has partnered with Kings Flour and each child had to make 2 loaves of bread. So while the dough was rising we were sewing. Made 2 aprons each from 3 fat quarter and finished them up when the bread was in the oven. So now we have 2 apron and 2 loaves of beautiful bread to give away.

  28. oops I forgot to leave my email – here is my original post … This project could not have come at a better time. My son’s school has partnered with Kings Flour and each child had to make 2 loaves of bread. So while the dough was rising we were sewing. Made 2 aprons each from 3 fat quarters and finished them up when the bread was in the oven. So now we have 2 aprons and 2 loaves of beautiful bread to give away. Thanks or the inspiration. I am also bringing this project to my congregations youth group to get them involved as well. Jodi

  29. This is such a great idea, and I just love aprons. I think that I will make and apron and a pie for a good friend that is always doing for others. She needs to know that we appreciate her and all that she does.

  30. There’s always folks about our island that are in need. We buy turkeys and take to our local food shelter to feed many. Perhaps this year will tuck in an apron for good measure.

  31. My neighbor has just overcome the hurdle of a tracheotomy. He’s only 3. Born premature, lived over 2 years with a trache, and many “close calls” (of which I am glad we were here to help!), this little man is a big miracle. His mother is the strongest woman I have met here in the south. I’m planning on making her a simple apron, baking up some artisan bread, and giving the bundle to her Thanksgiving morning. We all are thankful her little man is a fighter!

  32. My co-worker is going through some really tough times after finding out just a year ago that he had melanoma on his lung. Just a few weeks ago, after completing an experimental treatment, they found out that his cancer is progressing. I will make up some bread and have my daughters help me make some homemade butter (in a baby food jar) and take it to him and his family.
    Love ya & this idea!!! or

  33. This is a fantastic idea! I’d love to make this an annual tradition. Since my girls are still young, I think I’ll let them decorate a few aprons, and I’ll make one. We can each choose who to deliver to. My mom is over seas, and holidays don’t seem right without her. NTOODay has really brightened my Thanksgiving spirit!


  34. Our family has been through some tough times..unemployment and worry topping the list. The one thing I can do is create and several years ago I made some aprons out of old sheets from the thrift store. I pulled one out of my drawer as things got rough and using Facebook and Etsy to attempt to sell a few. That was last year. My company Shabby Cowgirl has taken off, I am so busy that I need sewing help and I mostly make aprons and tote bags. I loved the simplicity and honesty of an apron and the resourceful, unafraid to work hard nature of the women who traditionally wore them. My aprons have taken us from not having enough to having enough. My dreams are growing, my family fed and warm and I love my apron work more than ever. This year I participate in Tie One On with joy and enthusiasm, knowing with my resourcefulness and hard work, an apron is a thing of beauty..Thank you for bringing the joy of aprons back!

  35. We just moved to a new neighborhood and the sweetest couple across the way from us welcomed us with food and lots of great info. I plan to take them a yummy sweetbread and apron. On both sides of us we have single guys so I plan to take them sweet breads or cookies too.

  36. We are in the process of planning our next garden here, I always “tie on my apron” to bake our pies for Thanksgiving and those for my neighbor, she truly appreciates it as she is a younger lady and loves my pies. We are especially grateful this year as it will be our last year here as we will soon move to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to a farm we are buying, we will raise crops all natural and work harder at being more self reliant, even though we are in our 50’s 🙂 we plan to give back to the community with extra produce and help out with homeless shelters. I am a 25 year veteran soap maker also. Thank you for this “tie one on” day…every day is like that for me 🙂
    Penny Ray

  37. I’ll be celebrating by giving my mother-in-law the gift of an apron in hopes that she will wear it as part of our pre-turkey day prep. Maybe it will become a new tradition for her. Everyday apron wearing it way to much to hope for!


  38. My DH & I will be having Thanksgiving by ourselves .. but that doesn’t mean I won’t be donning my fav apron (with pearls) & cooking up a storm of traditional T’day food! We’ve already donated a lg box of food to the local food pantry.

    & Happy Turkey Day to you!

  39. I’m looking forward to carrying on this tradition with my daughter who now has a daughter of her own. Your cherry bread sounds delicious and will be a perfect gift for shut-ins from church. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Thank you for this lovely idea.
    I work full-time, and the first thing I like to do when I get home is put on my apron and be Mom. (I have two children in college and two still at home.) Then we sit down to family dinner, an institution in our home since my husband and I married. It’s the best time of the day.
    My children have kind hearts and are generous and compassionate. They will be so happy to participate in this project.
    I have a few friends facing some very great medical challenges. I plan to wish them the happiest of Thanksgivings with a baked goods dish from our family.
    Elizabeth, at

  41. last sunday we had a substitute inour sunday school class. he has just been laid off and was feeling so many of the feelings that my husband felt 3 1/2 years ago when it happened to him. my husband was laid off 2 weeks shy of his
    25th anniversary with the company. his wife is a SAHM. i have already decided that they will be my tie one on day recipients. it took my husband 18 months to find a job. we are still trying to get back on our feet as he is now making 1/4 of what he did before. we are so grateful for his job though. we want to be able to stand behind this family as they walk this unfamiliar ground and pray it won’t take him as long to find a job as it did my husband. i already know what fabric i’m going to use for the apron. it’s from my stasch from before my husband lost his job and is a beautiful monotone tans thanksgiving print.
    lovebirdmom at gmail dot com

  42. I am so excited about this. I am an apron collector and do public speaking about my collection and the story of aprons…their history, etc. I also sell vintage aprons boxed with a fictional story of its previous owner (written to match the era the apron is from.) I will use one of my vintage aprons to wrap a loaf of pineapple pumpkin bread and enclose the story. There is a person I believe to be one of the most giving people I know….to whom I will now give. Thank you, Ellen. Happy Thanksgivng

  43. Our family participated last year by baking 2 pies for elderly neighbors, who don’t really have a Thanksgiving anymore. They were so excited and appreciative, I’m sure we made their holiday! So this year we’ll be repeating the experience, because it really is a great thing to do!

  44. Last year was my first year to fully participate, and I so loved being a part of this wonderful way of really celebrating our thankfulness by extending a heartfelt gift to others. In preparing for this year and deciding who to gift, I’ve taken the time to tune in to the circumstances of others around me more. I’ve finally made my choice, but also hope to find a way to do something similar for others throughout the year. Thanks so much for inspiring such a movement.

  45. I will deliver cookies to Mary, my former piano teacher, and a widow. I started taking piano lessons for the first time after retirement at age 63 (3 1/2 years ago). Mary was 72, and I was 62; and we share the same birthday on February 12. Mary gave me a great start in learning to read music for 2 1/2 years, but lived too far away to continue. So I’m taking lessons from another teacher at this time. About the same time I retired and started piano lessons, I began to seriously collect aprons and have hundreds by now. I also collect beautiful vintage and antique buttons and specialize in 18th century beauties. I give presentations on aprons and buttons for community service and am in the planning stages for a blog. I would love to hear from any apron and/or button collectors in the Northern Indiana or Southern Michigan area to share our little joys. Feel free to email me at
    Blessings, Dianne

  46. I plan to bake a banana bread and wrap in in a new apron to take to my elderly neighbor who would appreciate some company. I love your website. I love aprons and have lots of them.

  47. This is my first time that I plan to participate in the 2011 Tie One On Day. I hope to present my wonderful sister in law, Carol (who is more like a mother to me) with a loaf of my Cinnamon Bread. I’ve yet to decide which apron I’ll use to wrap it in. Most likely is will be a more vintage type blue gingham that is embroidered in chicken scratch. Thank for the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else with your Tie One On program! You can reach me at

  48. I will a bake a loaf of nut bread with a recipe I’ve used for 30 yrs…tuck a note of appreciation in the pocket of a pretty, ruffly little half apron I made and give it to my pastor’s wife. She is not “in need”…but she gives so much to us during the year, that I would like to give something to her on Thanksgiving to tell her how much I appreciate her efforts.

  49. Oooo I have just heard about this and am always looking for excuses to take something to my neighbors. I have a lovely Grandmother who just moved in across the street. How fun it will be to take her “cookies” that is what I like to make and an apron.

  50. I have a very dear friend whose struggles over the last several years have left her and her family in less than ideal circumstances. I’m sewing her an apron (something simple, because she wouldn’t enjoy ruffles and such) and baking her a loaf of honey oat bread. I love the idea of doing something to remind people what this time of year is really about!

  51. I have a neighbor who has been struggling since the sudden and unexpected death of her mother. She has four young kids and works full time. I know bringing her a special homemade treat will brighten her day. She loves my banana muffins and I will bring them to her wrapped in a scarf made by me. I know she will appreciate being thought of and do her best to pay it forward.

  52. I will baking several different items to be given out to the many families in our area who are going without due to unemployment and illnesses. I will be wrapping some items in embroidered towels and will now get busy and make some aprons are well. I hadn’t thought of that before but like the idea.

  53. I have aprons from my grandmother, mom, and ones I have made myself. I love your idea of sharing with others, and will be wrapping my cookies for our church’s cookie walk in a new apron to help support our mission projects.

  54. I love this idea. I have a few aprons already made and plan to make some of my homemade bread. I will give these aprons to some of my closest girlfriends to spread the joy and happiness of this time of year. I know they will really enjoy this since they do not bake nor sew…thanks for the great idea.

  55. This is such a lovely way to say thanks for so many blessings. I hope that all of you who participate will be reminded of those who make your life special and will realize how special YOU are for doing it.


    I have been participating in NTOOday for a few years. This year will be a bit different as we are exploring ways to help out at Fisher House, the residence available to families of service personnel getting treatment at the Walter Reed National Medical Center. The current conflicts have taken their toll on our dedicated service people, and as many are far from home, we are hoping to add a little levity and personal touch to their celebrations.

  57. What a wonderful idea! I plan to do this with my three daughters. We are new to the neighborhood and I thought it might be nice if each one of us chose someone to bless. We have a young mom at church who has spent most of this last week at the hospital with an ailing dad who may not make it. She also helps take care of her father in law so I would like to do something special for her too!
    Thanks for the ideas! This will be our first year to participate.

  58. Giving back is something my parents taught us from the get-go. Raised on a farm we knew what hard work was. My husband and I also know what stretching our resources until there was no more stretch left is like. We have raised two children and our daughter is practicing the same “giving” as she grew up with. Our adult son, born with Down Syndrome, has taught us more about giving than we ever dreamed possible.
    I have made an apron for my neighbor friend who is also the mother of a disabled child. I know how stressful her life is and how much she needs encouragement and something special just for her. I will also bake Honey Oatmeal bread, which is a very yummy, healthy yeast bread and take that to her.
    Our Farmgirl Connection/Sisterhood Henhouse Chapter “Chick” members are also participating in this project. What a wonderful way to share our hearts!!! Thanks for the opportunity!
    CJ Armstrong . . a barefoot farmgirl from southwest Colorado

  59. My mother’s the sewer in our family and recently she made my daughter and I several very nice aprons – so nice in fact that she said she almost kept a couple of them. Well, I’m going to wrap some pumpkin bread (her favorite)in one of these aprons and let her enjoy the fruits of her labor.

  60. My Mom always wears an apron to make each meal, she is 86 and makes three meals a day.

    I always remember her coming home from work, putting on one of here many aprons and making dinner in her high heels and dress clothes.

    She was featured in an article about aprons and many wonderful comments to make. It was published a few places.

    She had many aprons and party aprons too. I wish I had her old aprons. She always had them pressed and put them over her good clothes. She still always dresses to the nines.

    Last year I bought us matching aprons and we took a picture, it sits by me in the kitchen so I can see while I cook.

    This year I am making us matching aprons with my new Bernina 830 and plan to make them each year she is still with me. I hope I can give back to her as she has given to me all this time.

    I’m sure I will give many aprons away to many others, It’s such a statement to wear one and they make you feel feminine. Here’s to aprons!!

  61. I’ve been wearing and making my own aprons since 7th grade, that was a long time ago. Last year, I made the most beautiful apron for Christmas and I felt so pretty as I spun around the kitchen creating goodies. Because cooking is one of my loves, my clothes would be filthy it not for my aprons!
    A friend of mine called me a “tornado cook.” It boggles my mind that everyone doesn’t wear an apron to cook!
    This year I made a gorgeous “Thanksgiving” Apron. I can hardly wait to wear and share it on this special day. What a huge inspiration, “National Tie One On Day” is!
    We have new neighbors we’ve yet to meet. (they moved in about a month ago) This coming Wednesday, with my new apron on, I will walk across the street with a loaf of Banana Nut Bread (I’m baking today) and present it, wrapped in a holiday towel, with a welcome to the neighborhood note, and a smile.
    Evelyn P

  62. Hi sweetie — posted this on The Apronista. We love participating every year.

    I will deliver some baked goodies to a couple of neighbors and a sweet friend who lost her husband this year.

    Love you,

  63. Love this idea!!! I plan to bake some fresh banana bread and deliver it to a friend who is going through a rough time along with a homemade apron.
    Also, this season, I plan to do the same for each of my four daughters. Make a festive apron for each and then we all can put them on and cook together!!! Make some more memories for our scrapbooks.
    Thanks for the ideas of sharing.

  64. I was already making aprons as Christmas gifts when I came across this from the Bernina FB page. My co-worker and I will be preparing a thanksgiving meal for women overcoming Domestic Violence at our local welfare office. We will also be having a giveaway for them during that time, passing on slightly used but in good condition items that they can use or give as gifts for xmas. This is the 7th year for this tradition for me. disconnectedstitchesATgmailDOTcom

  65. I have a couple of neighbors that I intend to share with. One is a friend who always stops to give everyone a hug and listen to their needs. She often gives unconditionally of herself and I would like to recognize her. She has also had a tough year with teenagers.

    The other neighbors are a couple that have gone through a rough time with his health and their relationship this year.

    I plan to bake some muffin tin size pecan pies, include a vintage apron I have collected and a note of encouragement and how they have touched my life.

  66. I use this time of year to give to select homeless men who are Vietnam Veterans. I lost my husband and son, both of which were veterans, in 2004 within a 2 month time span. Since then around Thanksgiving I have hunted out a homeless veteran and gave him gifts that I would have bought for my husband and my son such a thermal underwear, socks, gloves, hats, etc. I also include some of the goodies they enjoyed like stained glass candy, fudge, cookies, breads, etc. I use this to hone my husband and my son and to keep their memories alive. Thank you for allowing to share with you how I spend Thanksgiving and tie One On Day. Marilyn

  67. My grandmother always wore a hostess apron at special family meals. I love that! This year I probably won’t spend much time in the kitchen, but I will be spending time enjoying family. And when I do step into the kitchen I may or may not have an apron on, hopefully I will if I remember to pack it, but I will have the spirit of thanks and service to my family.

    April Kennedy

  68. When I first read this I didn’t know what I would do or who I could help. But as of last night I made a decision. I lady on facebook really needs help. Her and her husband are both out of work and now the unemployment is gone. They have a 5 year old daughter. I haven’t met them personally, but my brother has. I plan on making a pumpkin roll and wrapping it in a napkin which I will make. I will also make a special little apron for a special little girl since I was told they like to do everything together. I also do alterations so I plan to take whatever monies I make this week and include. God has given me such a great opportunity that is going to be so good. I will be paying it forward. It is more blessed to give than receive. If I should win I will share my winnings also with this family. Thank you for this opportunity.

  69. I love this idea! It ties in so well with the bread ceremony at my church yesterday, discussing how we are all one, no matter shape, size, or color and we are all good!

    I will be wrapping some pumpkin muffins in a Christmas apron and offering it to my neighbor – she and her family have been through quite a bit lately.

    sleepylittledragon @ gmail . com

  70. I plan on making cookies but do not know just who I will take them to since I live in an affluent community. Perhaps I will ask my pastor for a suggestion. I remember my Mother’s aprons. One had red french knots all over the bib, I used to try to count them when I was little.

  71. I am a big promoter in the “pay it forward” idea. I came across this site and love the idea of an apron with some baked goods. I can think of so many people I know who could benefit from this……..I will probably choose a few of them for this Thanksgiving. What a great idea you have shared……..

  72. I plan to do alot of cooking for my daughter and grandchildren,(3) that have just moved in with me, they had to leave everything in Alabama where they moved from inorder to get away from an abusive husband, so I plan to make thanksgiving for them the best ever, with Turkey, Dressing,gravy, mac-cheese, sweet potato casserole, home made biscuits, and sweet tea…and Pumpkin pies, cause my 9 yoa, grandson said he had to have pumpkin pies…..

  73. We’re having a small Thanksgiving this year which will free up some time for me to share with others. There are two people that I want to visit, both wonderful women who need a little lift. I’ll be baking pies for them to be delivered on Thursday morning, wrapped in an apron, of course!
    I’m off to blog about this right now. 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, EllynAnne!

  74. I will make a pumpkin pie for an elderly neighbor whos wife is in the nursing home. But instead of wrapping it in an apron I’ll use a new white dish towel. I think he’ll get more use out of the towel than an apron.

  75. I love aprons and all that they represent. I always bake a couple of extra pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and take to our local Veteran’s Hall for their meal. I also plan on making a few extra with my grandson to take to church to go in with the thanksgiving baskets they are handing out to those in need.

  76. This year my sisters, our mother, my nieces, grandneice, and I will be getting together on Nov. 23rd to make many small loaves of bread for all our neighbors. We will be wearing our grandmother’s aprons and hope to make this a tradition for years to come. Thank you for your lovely site and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  77. This is such a neat idea!!! This is the first year I’ll be participating but will definitely be repeating this great idea. I will be giving back by giving a pumpkin pie to a teacher who gives so selflessly at a small school in seguin, texas. she has been teaching for 30+ years and gives so much to her students, and her school family. she often forgets about herself! she loves unconditionally and is a great role model. I will also be giving her a homemade card and a gift card to our local grocery store. Again, such a great idea!!! love it!

    suzie diaz de leon

  78. Oh what fun you are having here! We are tying on aprons to make our famous pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that comes from a 1969 cookbook that my mom has passed on to us. Even my 5 year old gets into making our thanksgiving cookies. When we are done, we give them to neighbors in our trailer park.

  79. I almost forgot about this special day. Since I was baking already, I baked an extra apple pie and I’m wrapping it up right now in an apron and going to deliver it to a friend who has had a rough year. I am just so thankful for her friendship and hope she is blessed by this small act of kindness.

  80. I hope its not too late to enter…I apparently can’t follow instuctions and left ths comment on Modern June’s blog a couple days ago…
    Thanks for the opportunity to win such great goodies. I will be baking some extra banana bread and giving it to a newer neighbor as it is her first Thanksgiving in our neighborhood..with a cute ruffly apron and a prayer for children to bless their home.

    November 22, 2011 3:02 PM

  81. What a wonderful tradition to make a part of Thanksgiving I did make something to share with a friend and she gave me something for out Thanksgiving meal we not only shared our culinary talents but spend time together sharing holiday memories as well it was so worth doing…I will continue in years to come.

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