1912 Aprons

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, December 19, 1912:  Ma went to town this afternoon to do her Xmas shopping. Wonder what she got me for a present. Perhaps nothing much.

1912 aprons

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Grandma’s mother got her some wonderful gifts.

A hundred years ago people often made homemade gifts. Aprons were a really popular handmade gift back then. Did Grandma’s mother purchase fabric to make one?

1912 apron

1912Picture Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1912)

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy the post that I did on aprons last year.



22 thoughts on “1912 Aprons

  1. My 11 year old granddaughter has been wanting to make herself an apron to wear for baking cookies. She loves going through patterns looking at all the styles. I’ll have to show her your posts.

  2. As you know, I love aprons. I still have the one I made in Jr High and have a number of really cute vintage ones from the 40’s or 50’s. I saw some recently at Anthropologie that were soooo cute but the $$ was a real downer, I decided I should sew one instead

    1. I have a Christmas print apron with cute little penguins on it that my mother-in-law made years ago. It’s really cute. I don’t wear aprons very often but whenever I need an apron, I grab that one regardless of the season.

      1. Awwww, lucky you. I used an old vintage printed table cloth to make 3 aprons for 3 little girls next door. It was in perfect condition, just the wrong colours for me. I think those old printed tablecloths are great for sewing projects.

  3. Homemade gifts are still the best! Although I like to cook,not sure about an apron for Christmas….but maybe material to make me a new dress. Can’t wait to hear what she got for Christmas. I hope she tells us, she was not one for many words! 🙂

      1. I am sure your grandmother was very talented with her gifts. My grandmother made some nice sweaters and enjoyed making things.

  4. Little poppits~ I love aprons too! Im wondering if I could make a better apron than the hanging mistletoe and ribbon decoration I tried to copy. Sheesh! What a monstrosity that was. I hid it when i gave up and tucked it into the trash.

    1. It’s too bad that the mistletoe and ribbon decoration didn’t turn out well. I always get really frustrated when I put a lot of effort into making something–and then it doesn’t look nice.

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