Handmade Aprons

Young Woman Tying Her Beautiful Kitchen ApronLook Forward to Tying Your New Apron
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Grandma loved to wear her handmade aprons around the house and out in the garden too. It's hard to picture her without her old fashioned "pinny" on. She always wore one and had several hanging in the pantry cleaned and pressed ready for life's emergencies.

Now, you can enjoy wearing your own. Buy a beautiful handmade one crafted for you or if you're experienced at sewing, make one yourself using the free vintage pattern below.

Old Fashioned Aprons

Vintage Photo of Three Ladies Standing in a KitchenSpot the Lady of the House? — Guests Don't Wear Aprons
(Source: ©Maureen Stephan, Used with Permission)

Grandma's aprons had many uses round-the-house. They not only protected her clothing from flour and grease spatters, they also served as a handy potholder for removing pots from the stove, a clean towel to wipe her hands, a soft cloth to dry a little one's tears, and a ready basket to carry fresh eggs from the hen house.

You are bound to find many practical uses for yours too!

Buy a Handmade Apron

Cindy Best of So Many Buttons Studio

Want the BEST apron? Get one of Cindy Best's beautiful creations! Cindy has a unique flair for style, color and fabrics, and her comfortable aprons reflect her eye for fine detail.

Handmade Apron by Cindy BestOrder Your One-of-a Kind Handmade Apron Today
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Cindy's aprons are all handmade and one-of-a-kind with old fashioned quality and value sewn in. You'll love her flattering, functional styles thoughtfully designed to bless the wearer.

Handmade Kitchen Apron Showing Fine Sewing DetailHigh Quality Sewing Detail from So Many Buttons Studio
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How about a cozy flannel and plaid apron for the cooler Autumn weather? The two large pockets are trimmed with vintage lace and the perfect matching button.

Handmade Apron by Cindy BestHandmade Autumn Apron in Flannel and Plaid
(Source: ©Cindy Best, Used with Permission)

Also, be sure to look at Cindy's decorative pillowcases. Grandma always treasured a beautiful pillow that helped her relax after a busy day. And like her handmade aprons, Cindy's pillows are all one of a kind creations.

Handmade Floral Pillowcase by Cindy Best from So Many Buttons StudioDecorative Pillowcase Thoughtfully Crafted by Hand
(Source: ©Cindy Best, Used with Permission)
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Cindy Best's handmade aprons are perfect for gift giving, but you'll want one or two hanging ready-to-wear in your own kitchen too.

Visit her So Many Buttons Studio at Etsy to get yours now.

How to Make an Apron

United States Department of Agriculture (1944)

Vintage Basket Apron Designed for Double Duty
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1944)

Designed for double duty, this simple tie-on basket apron, equipped with shoestrings in the edge casings, can be quickly transformed into a basket for carrying in such things as apples or clothes pins. It leaves both hands free.

This may be serviceable round-the-house or — pull the drawstrings, and you have a basket for carrying in roasting ears, freshly laid eggs, or a mess of peas.

Make this homemade apron of sturdy cotton — 1 yard is enough — and use strong, smooth cotton shoestrings in the edges. You'll need four 36-inch shoestrings.

Handmade Basket Apron Sewing PatternBasket Apron Sewing Pattern with One-Inch Squares
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1944)

Draw 1-inch squares on a 23-inch by 38-inch sheet of paper and draw the pattern on as shown.

CLICK HERE to instantly access a free PDF copy of the above pattern to print out for easy reference.

Illustration Showing the Placement of the Four Eyelets for the Basket ApronPattern Showing the Placement of Four Eyelets
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1944)

Work four eyelets — one at each of the four places indicated on the hem. Turn the hem and stitch it.

Illustration Showing How Shoestrings are Threaded Through the Apron's Side CasingsShoestrings are Threaded Through Side Casings
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1944)

Thread two shoestrings through each side casing. For a good hand grip, let 2 or 3 inches of one string hang from top eyelet, 2 or 3 inches of the other string hang out the lower eyelet.

Cut off the opposite end of each string and bar tack it just back of the eyelet.

Vintage Basket ApronBasket Apron Easily Transforms for Carrying Objects
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1944)

Pull the strings, drop the ends inside, and you have the basket pictured above. The cotton shoestrings will not slip until you grasp the edges of the apron firmly back of the eyelets and pull.

Enjoy wearing your handmade apron!


National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Vintage Illustration of a Grandmother Shooing Her Cat Out the DoorGrandmother Using Her Apron to Shoo the Cat Out
(PD Source: Adapted from Armour's Oats, 1922)

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