In My Apron

Cook. Sew. Create. Heal

Sewin Green Apron March 24, 2010

Filed under: APRONS,SEWING — whimc @ 9:50 PM


Apron Remake Challenge
Apron contest entry

Hurray – for days I have been designing, cutting and stitching my entry for the Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge.

For this project, I decided to combine Alabama Chanin design and sewing techinques, upcycling (creating an new garment from old) and the contest guidelines to adapt the Sewing Republic Two Tone Apron pattern.

The contest deadline is today at midnight. My project entry can be found at

First prize is a new Bernina sewing machine and I want it bad.

Please vote for my entry, it is being judged like American Idol- the most viewers vote.

This was fun, I will be keeping my eyes open for more opportunities to test my sewing skills.


Make an Apron Win a Sewing Machine March 21, 2010

Bernina and Burda Style are partnering for a unique sewing contest. Using their two-tone apron pattern, remake it to your own design and submit it for judging!
Contest entries end on March 24, 2010 so you better get busy.
For more information check out their website:
I am working on my entry. I am doing an apron in the Alabama Chanin style using recycled tee shirts from the thrift store. I have been wanting to make an AL Chanin piece and this contest from Bernina and Burda Style is just what I needed for inspiration.
Wish me luck!


Apron History February 9, 2010

Filed under: APRONS,BAKING — whimc @ 11:41 PM
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Aprons for All

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 easier to wash aprons than dresses and they 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 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.