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How To Make An Apron Resource Pages

Updated on February 10, 2015
Apple Pie Apron
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A Page Full Of Resources to Help You Make An Apron

This page is packed with resources for anyone wanting to make an apron. Whether you want to make one for yourself or for someone else, you've come to the right spot. It will point you in the direction of some wonderful resources available online for making your very own aprons.

I have included a few Youtube videos that show you how to make aprons, including one from Angel Fleece Aprons and one from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I have also included links to pages with great apron how-tos, a couple of top-ranked apron-making books from Amazon and a short list of additional pages that I have written about aprons on themes, like Christmas and Halloween.

For fun, I have also included a number of polls on this page. Currently, 40 percent of the people who have visited this page own an apron and 43 percent of the people who have visited are looking for a new project or apron inspiration. Only 19 percent of the visitors ALWAYS don an apron when they're in the kitchen but 30 percent of them say they should but only do so when cooking a particularly messing item. That is where I fit, in that last 30 percent. How about you? Make sure you take a moment to participate in the polls while you're visiting.

The apron shown here is by the seamstress Angry Chicken. She has crafted MANY gorgeous aprons and shared them with the world on If you visit the link shown under the picture, you will find images of many of her creations on that site. You can learn the story of how she was inspired to create this pie-themed apron. Isn't that pie fabric lovely? Didn't she do a great job creating this apron? She is a very talented lady.

I hope this page helps you in your quest to make an apron.

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How To Make An Apron Video from Angel of Fleece

The first video was inspired by the Baking Outside the Box cookbook. Angel of Fleece steps you through the creation of an elegant apron.

The Missouri Star Quilt Company Uses Tea Towels to Craft an Apron, Part 1

The Missouri Star Quilt Company Uses Tea Towels to Craft an Apron, Part 2

Vintage Simplicity Apron Pattern 4492
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Retro Apron Patterns Book

Retro Apron Patterns Books
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Retro Apron Patterns

Retro Apron Patterns by Cindy Taylor Oates has very well written instructions and excellent illustrations. The patterns do need to be traced because they are printed on two-sided paper but doing so is worth the effort. The author includes ways to make the apron look retro and ways to make it look contemporary so no matter your style, the aprons in this book can be adopted to suit.

This is one of a few apron-themed books written by Ms. Oates. The author also has one written with patterns for children's aprons.

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The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing
The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing | Source

This is Amazon's top ranking apron book.

It's true. Aprons, both vintage and modern, are turning up everywhere from movies and television shows to magazines and shops the later of which cannot keep trendy aprons on the shelves. Julia Roberts and other celebrities collect them and people everywhere are using them. This book, The Apron Book, is a guide to old and new aprons. It features photographs of both new and vintage aprons, patterns for four basic apron styles and still more information about aprons including tips for collectors, instructions for preserving them and stories.Amazon calls this book a celebration of the apron and says that it reminds us of why we love this American icon.

The reviews of this book on Amazon are glowing and include comments like -- easy-to-follow instructions, interesting facts and stories, vintage illustrations which make it charming -- this book restores dignity to a domestic symbol -- part how-to and part history -- comforting. All Things Considered says, it "unfolds like a bolt of fabric the pattern of a life remembered through a homey object."

Retro Kitchen Apron
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Julia Child's Apron

"Oh, Dearie, dainty doesn't do in the kitchen." - Ms. Child

EllynAnne Geisel had the chance in 2002, to interview Julia Child. Ms. Child told her that she had not worn an apron at all until she met her husband. She adopted the Cordon Bleu tradition of wearing a blue denim apron with a towel draped over it. Her husband, Paul Child, wore the same apron with the bib folded down.

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Did this page make you want to dig out your apron or create or shop for a new one?

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      Sue 5 months ago

      I’m making aprons for and adults, but still don’t have one of my own. Soon I hope to have one. Thanks for posting this?

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @Merrci: An apron is definitely something that we NEED sometimes!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I've been wanting an apron and surely need one! Great timely lens for me!

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      KnitnPurlGirl 4 years ago

      I always wear an apron in the kitchen. My favourite ones have pockets in them! My husband even has a couple he uses for BBQing.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I have a buddy who is really into making aprons, from every little bit of vintage fabric she gets. Thanks for an enjoyable read. Bookmarked.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am now reminded of the aprons we had to make in Home Economics back in the early 60's. I wonder what happened to mine. I do have some that were my mom's but I just never got in the habit of wearing one. I usually cook in my lounging clothes and not my nice clothes because I always spill something on whatever I am wearing. I guess I should stay dressed, wear pearls, and use an apron but I really don't think that would be "me". I have some old Apron Patterns that belonged to my husband's mother and some of them look like some of the ones that you feature on eBay.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I'm the only woman I know who always wears an apron. And, I HAVE to have pockets. Enjoyed looking at the vintage patterns.

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      malualhati 5 years ago

      this helpful lens will one day make me sit down in front of my sewing machine and start making my very own apron :)

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      It did exactly just that. Wonderful aprons.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Just dropping by to sprinkle some Angel Dust on this awesome article I liked a while back! I love aprons and have the one I made hanging by my stove for when I think I'll get really wild and messy with my cooking. :)

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Here in China, I use bleach on everything. Especially in the kitchen. I have more bleach spots on my clothes than I can count. Maybe making an apron is in my near future. LOL!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've come to the conclusion that I really need to have a couple of aprons when I cook. I want one like my mama had, (she made her own.) Barring that, I'd love to find the pattern for the aprons in your intro photo. Did I pass over it?

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: You did, SummerBreeze. There is a text link to the pattern is in the introduction.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Funny reading this lens as I have been thinking of making an apron but I have no call to use one now, They are not popular in Australia. Nicee resourses and well presented information. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I have an old trusty peg apron for when I hang out the washing. It's getting a bit worn now so I think I had better make a new one. It's so handy! It's just an apron with two big pockets.

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      I have a few of my grandma's and one that one of my daughters made in school. I love them, but just never wear one.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have my sewing machine now, so next thing is to set aside some time to choose an apron pattern, visit the fabric store, and go for it!

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      pauli46 5 years ago

      Very nice len. I am new here and working on lens.Thanks for the great post

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Wow! I adore aprons and there is quite a fun and funky collection of styles here. Fabulous work!!! :)

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      All my aprons are store bought, but I love them. One is a Winnie the Pooh Christmas apron that a dear friend gave me. My second one came from my Dutch cousin and has a recipe for an apple tart printed on it in Dutch. My favorite one I've had for years. It is an official Frugal Gourmet apron just like the one Jeff Smith wore on his show.

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      Bernie 6 years ago from Corbin, KY

      i like your pictures

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Not really... thought they went out of style honestly. But now you've got me thinking. I used to have some pretty ones. Who knows maybe I'll get crafty and make one. There certainly are some great ideas here.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Mom always wore an apron when she cooked but I rarely do. But then I don't cook nearly as much as she did. Lovely choices here!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, Maribel loves aprons.

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      cooksalot 6 years ago

      Love all the apron ideas. Where to start now. LOL!

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      charlb 6 years ago

      I love aprons I think they are so cute especially the vintage ones. Since I like cooking its always a good excuse to get a new apron, and another, and another. Not sure whether I will get down to sewing my own though.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Fantastic article! I love aprons though I forget to wear one most of the time. I have several vintage apron patterns too. Just love them all. :)

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      teristazko 6 years ago

      Who knew aprons could be so darn cute...I sure didn't. Love this lens. I will be revisiting this one!

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      RuthieDenise 6 years ago

      This is a really good lens. It is filled with useful information and I love all the aprons.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very creative.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      What a fun trip down memory lane. My very first sewing project was sewing an apron. I even used one the vintage patterns listed on this article :-)

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      Love aprons! Wonderful information, links, and resources here.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I need an apron. And a sewing machine! You've got the resources well covered!

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      gods_grace_notes 6 years ago

      Now you've done it... you've gone and made my crafty to-do list even longer than it was before. THANK-YOU so much!!! What fun it will be to sew up matching aprons for myself, daughter and grand-daughter!

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      I need a Pinafore type apron for when I'm gardening so that I can store some bits n pieces - haven't found one yet!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome information about aprons. Just want to share this link to you to have more pattern of aprons.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 6 years ago from Texas

      Such cool vintage aprons. This reminds me of my grandmothers pattern box filled with neat stuff.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How delightful! The Butterick and Simplicity patterns reminded me of 7th grade were our Home Ec project was making an apron. You managed to make aprons extremely fun Brenda!

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      elsiesflat 6 years ago

      I create aprons and sell them in my Etsy shop. I love them. I really enjoyed this lens too.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I have an apron hanging in the kitchen for messy cooking projects -- especially those that involve tomato sauce -- I'm a target. I really like the featured denim aprons.

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      I really like this page it makes me miss my sewing machine, saving up for a new one. I'm terrible with patterns and have made one by taking one I had and just used it as an outline. Wonderful lens.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Ooooh, I'd like to make the one with the pies print and the red jumbo ric-rac. Love that! Do tell us which pattern will guide us to create that style.

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      J-Monti 7 years ago

      This is a great idea! Tthey came out beautifully.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!

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      judithmurphy 7 years ago

      Brilliant site - it does make you want to start sewing!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Better late than never.... finally compiled my SquidAngel Lens from my 'angel flight' last Fall. :-) So.... returning to tell you that this lens has now been 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' "SquidAngel Blessings by an Elf".

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      Lemming13 7 years ago

      Great ideas! I usually wear the same two crummy old aprons - one on, one in the wash, but I'm so bored of them, I just might sew one now. Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would like to make one if I ever get a chance, but for painting. I really wanted to make a lens on aprons, but you have thought of everything, great lens :)

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      I do have an apron that I like a lot... but I have seen some more adorable ones here on squidoo! Thanks for the lens!

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      daoine lm 7 years ago

      My mother sent my husband an apron as a present when I complained how stained his clothes were. He's never worn it and I've worn it once. LOL. I do like the old jeans idea, though... mmm...

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      Linda Pogue 7 years ago from Missouri

      I haven't owned an apron for a few years, but I mentioned to my husband just last week that I was in the mood to sew some. I have the fabric, now to find the time! Thumbs up!

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      These are so much fun - now I wanna get sewing! Wouldn't homemade aprons make cute gifts??

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      After reading this, I think I might need to buy myself an apron. I am very messy when I cook. So many of these are cute - I love the blue jean one.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      My mom and sister collect vintage aprons, so that's kept me interested in aprons. I'll lensroll this to my lens Collecting Aprons. I really liked the examples you had of blue jeans aprons. Nifty idea.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Forgot to say -- I loved angrychickens' apron photos you used in this story. Excellent photos and very good resources listed here. ~~SquidAngel Blessed~~

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I don't usually wear aprons (although my grandmother ALWAYS wore one -- and sewed her own!). I'm currently packing to move, though, and found that the newsprint from the newspapers I was wrapping glassware in was leaving smudges all over my clothes, so dug out my 'one' apron to wear while packing.I DO have a funny story to share about an apron. When my oldest child was about to leave home, I was going through some typical 'empty-nest-syndrome' symptoms until my best friend told me to get my 'apron' out of the drawer, take a pair of scissors and CUT one of the apron strings off! She insisted! So I did. She then said "Now - when he actually leaves home, cut the other apron string off -- it's a symbolic way of 'letting go' and letting your 'child' grow up! I found it to be invaluable advice, even though I thought she was 'crazy' at the time... LOL. Lensrolling this apron How-To to my Fiber Arts lens.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Well, not a cook, and don't own an apron, but they do hold a fascination for me. They are cute, and there are good memories attached to them. :)

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      This is a great idea! My grandmother used to sew her own aprons, they came out beautifully.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well I do remember my grandma ALWAYS wearing an apron -- can't think if I've ever put one on -- but I do own ONE.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Great ideas. I actually prefer the aprons with the tops rather than just the waist ones. I always wear my apron :-)

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      ThomasC 7 years ago

      Spread your wings and fly! This lens has been blessed by a Squidoo Angel! Congrats and keep doing a super duper job! ThomasC

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      I love this lens. That's really all I have to say. I LOVE IT. I'm an apron freak :) This is my third visit now lol

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      Everyday-Miracles 8 years ago

      I am SO glad that I found this lens! AJ has it bookmarked on Tagfoot and I found it there -- SO glad! I am absolutely obsessed with Aprons and my husband just does NOT understand the obsession, so I only have one, very cheap, very flimsy and not so pretty apron. Very inspiring lens!

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Not only did I love the aprons here (those in the intro image especially!) but now I want to have a go at making one myself! Now to find some pretty fabric... Delighted to return the lensroll to my pretty pincushion patterns. :)

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      stacy mcdaniel 8 years ago

      Nice Lens! I have one apron that I use sometimes. I can remember making one in high school and it turned out pretty good. I gave it to my mom for Christmas.

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      Rachel Field 8 years ago

      Wow! An excellent resource! Thank you! :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh Brenda, this is just what I need. My dear Mother has Parkinsons and so when eating she sometimes has difficulties. I have been wanting to make her some very special aprons that dont look as though she is wearing one and you have provided me with all the ideas and resources I need to do just that. Thank you so much.BTW - thank you for nominating my Purple Star lens to MiMi ;)

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      sarita 8 years ago from Hisar

      Amazing lens with great ideas. Thanks...

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      My grandma used to make aprons and potholders for me. Now that she's moved on I'm glad I found this lens to help me make my own aprons. SquidAngel Blessings for this wonderful resource! ^:)^

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      I don't know how I missed this one but WOW! I remember my grandmother always had an apron for me when I was little. We baked together a lot. This lens brought back such wonderful memories that I am truly touched by it. This is such a beautifully inspiring lens I may have to not only make an apron but actually cook as well ;)

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      myraggededge 8 years ago

      Very inspiring - I have a very utilitarian dark green apron that could do with a makeover. 5*s

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      I only ever wear an apron when I'm painting. Some really neat aprons here. Great lens.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      I love this lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These aprons are adorable! I can sew a little but I'm not sure I could make one myself. This is a great resource!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      Apron making is something I want to do and add to what I sell online. Great lens! I'm favoriting it to come back to once I get the quilts made.

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      LindaBee LM 8 years ago

      My apron story is similar to BevsPaper. I have an apron given to me by my favorite aunt who passed away. I don't wear it anymore but it still hangs in my kitchen in memory of her. Great lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      Wow. These are really unique. Great lens!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      I have never really understood my attention to aprons, but I do love them. One of my favorites is a pre-made one that my son stencil painted in class for me when he was in kindergarten. It was a great gift idea for mother's day. Thank you for this quick resource lens.

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      capriliz lm 8 years ago

      So many cute aprons! I would not mind wearing one of these.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      Wow Brenda, where was this lens last year LOL :) I had a heck of a time finding aprons for my Grandkids and finally found someone to make them for me, but nothing like what you have here, This gives me ideas :)

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a great lens and great resources! 5*

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My mother makes aprons. She'll love this fabulous lens!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      I remember making aprons when I was a kid. You've got some great selections here.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I love the aprons you featured here. They almost make me get my sewing machine out - maybe I will make one someday. Great lens.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice instructions!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      I have made ONE apron: a child's apron as a gift for my niece, years ago. It was awfully cute!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      So many cute aprons! I love this lens, Brenda! I have one apron and it is very special to me. I never wear it, though. It was my Grandmother's everyday apron the one she wore to make my favorite pies, cookies, and the greatest meals you ever tasted. When she passed several years ago and my Mom asked me if there was anything of Grandma's that I wanted...I said without hesitation...her apron. Except for Sunday mornings at church I can't remember her not wearing an apron.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I do love aprons, especially retro or vintage ones. I do have one apron with a cherry design. I don't wear it often but I do love it. I made an apron for my Mom in home ec in high school. Red gingham with bee appliques. Lensrolled to Hot Retro Aprons.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      I like vintage-looking aprons and classic white chef-type ones but never remember to put one on...I just keep a big tea towel over my shoulder at all times in the kitchen! Excellent lens.