It was a hard decision to pick the 4 winners from the 137 people who left comments.
So many people have loving memories of family members in aprons, collect vintage aprons, or sew aprons for themselves or others...
The 4 winners are...
Melinda Claire and Christine each win a copy of The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort
"I adore aprons, especially half aprons with a little ruffle. I can't begin to tell you how many aprons I have made. I'm not sure what it is - maybe it is the glamour of the 1950s but when I tie on an apron everything including scrubbing the oven is chic. When I was a child there was a women who ran a store full of beautiful aprons. One day we both helped at a charity event and she gifted me an apron. A black silk and tulle vintage 1950s apron. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and it is still after all these years my favorite apron"!
"Oh wow! What a great give-away! My vintage apron collection started when I found a really fabulous 1950s Christmas half-apron on eBay back in 2002. It has red and white stripes, and a green pocket with a bell on it that says, "Ring for a drink!" From there, I was hooked. I've just started sewing aprons a little over a year ago. Sewing aprons actually ended up being the jumping point that got me into sewing in a major way. Plus, I've always said aprons with personality totally make chores less boring! It's true for me, anyway :)"
Mary Jo and Diane Murphy each win a copy of Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day
"As a preschool teacher, aprons are essential. Every year, I go through several different aprons, which end up coated in paint, markers, clay, etc. Even the apron pockets end up with very interesting tidbits the children leave, like seeds, stones and dandelions. However, my most cherished apron is the one I received as a gift from the children at the first preschool in which I taught. It has all their handprints in different colors of paint, and my name written on the front. Even though the pockets are hanging my strings, and the paint has faded, this is truly an apron I will never part with. It amazes me to look at those handprints and realize the children who created them are now fifteen years old"!
"I had to sew an apron for home economics class (a long time ago). I worked so hard on it and it was really coming along. I was nearly finished. I stood up to show my Mom and realized I had sewn it to my skirt. She helped me to pull the stitches and encouraged me to finish the apron. She wore it nearly every day since I presented it to her after receiving an A+ on my assignment. Aprons are symbols of love to me".
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**Thanks to everyone who shared their memories of aprons**
This post was originally published on July 11, 2008.