What comes to your mind when you think about aprons? I think about bright colored cotton prints, my grandmother making something yummy in the kitchen, and sewing. Why sewing? I think one of my first sewing projects was probably an apron. I don’t think my mother or grandmother ever purchased an apron from the store, an apron was just something you made.
Do you wear an apron? It seems that not many people wear aprons anymore. Could it be because not many people take the time to cook, or is it because they don’t want to bother putting one on? Personally, I LOVE WEARING an apron!
I wear a full apron for cooking and a half apron for cleaning, puttering and crafting. For some, wearing an apron may remind them of work or drudgery. For me, (and hopefully for you), it means something wonderful is about to be CREATED! Something yummy to eat, a new project or just tidying up the house – all good stuff.
I know this may sound kinda crazy, but when I put my apron on, something happens within. I just feel ready- ready to get things done, ready for inspiration, and I feel empowered. Anyone else feel this way?
An apron is usually worn to protect clothing. I have ruined a lot of clothing when the dreaded splash of sauce or grease jumped out of the pan onto my shirt or pants. Aprons with pockets are used to keep things handy when working on projects.
These utility aprons, KEEPING HOUSE APRONS, is what I call them, are my very favorite to wear! I wear them around the house most days and am tempted to wear them out and about. I think they add a unique, hip, shabby chic look when worn over a pair of jeans or skirt.I love wearing these around the house because
- I can keep my cell phone handy, not only for calls and texts, but I like listening to music or a podcast.
- Keep tissue handy
- Hold, and keep handy, all my important tools (cell phone, ipod, vacuum attachments, scissors, garden tools, pens, pencils, calculator, dog treats, etc.
- Great for all those miscellaneous items you find on the floor while vacuuming!
I not only wear aprons inside the house, but I use my “keeping house” apron when I work in the garden and it came in handy when shingling our roof last summer. (Perfect for holding nails, my cell phone and measuring tape.
I like making and giving aprons for wedding shower gifts. One particular time I was too busy to make an apron for a gift. I looked everywhere to find an apron that I could buy. I had a hard time finding one. The specialty cooking stores had a few, but not quite what I wanted and they were quite pricey.
Making an apron for yourself or to give as a gift is very easy and inexpensive. It is fun to put a set of dishtowels, a cooking gadget or a copy of one of your favorite recipes with the apron.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Perhaps your Mom needs a stylen’ apron.
By the way, aprons are not just for women. I know a lot of men who like wearing them when they are doing the manly barbeque thing.
All you need to make the keeping house apron is:
- 2/3 yard fabric (or split for contrasting fabrics 1/3 yard each)
- ¼ yard fabric for ties
- Sewing machine
To make a full size apron you will need:
- Sewing machine
- 2 yards woven fabric for lined FULL APRON or just 1 yard if using a thicker fabric.
- 1 yard woven fabric for HALF APRON
- 3 strips contrasting woven fabrics for ruffles (optional)
- 2 metal ¾ inch D rings for FULL APRON
If you sew, go to your fabric stash and let your imagination go wild. Feel free to mix colors and textures, and add trim and embellishments if you want. The combinations are endless. No need to spend a lot of money on fancy fabrics or trims. Use what you have. If you don’t have fabric, there are usually sales going on the fabric stores.
If you don’t sew, I will be selling a few of my aprons in my Etsy shop, Authentic U.
If you don’t wear an apron, I suggest you give it a whirl! You will love it!
Happy cleaning, cooking and dancing!