Excuse my bread machine cord and the fact that the machine is sitting on a stool… this is what happens in a kitchen with no counter space.

Anyway, I just clipped some of my favorite aprons up using clothespins. I’ll rotate some of my not-so-favorites with more-favorite aprons as I find them. You know how it is with vintage aprons… a treasure hunt!

I don’t generally wear half-aprons so this is a fantastic way to display them, and also answers the question of kitchen window treatments.

Now, I DO wear full aprons every time I cook, so I chose to display them in a more utilitarian way… the people who lived in this house before we did evidently loved SCREWS. They are in every room, randomly placed in almost every wall.

I’ve come to appreciate them in an odd way, using them for various things (You’ll see another use in my craft room once I post pictures of that). In the kitchen, there are two random screws that make great apron-hooks. If I owned this house, I’d probably replace them with proper hooks, but for a temporary abode, the screws do just fine!

What do you do with your apron collection? I’d love to see it!

(Bella dia uses her half-aprons as chair skirts. How clever!)

11 Comments on How to display your apron collection, or part of it anyway

  1. Sabrina says:

    I still have and really very much enjoy wearing my apron collection. Mid last century it was in my country (The Netherlands) absolutely common, that most housewifes did wear at home full days an apron. Also daughters and even young boys were ordered to wear an apron during their meals and when they had to cooperate in the household. And when some unexpected visitor(s) all of a sudden showed up, in those days woman didn’t throw their apron away, but changed it quickly for a clean one. Nowadays that has changed here completely. Now you can buy in my country almost only those barbeque type aprons, that people only wear during cooking and get rid of as soon as possible after that.

    When I plan to do a lot of cleaning work at home, I still prefer to wear such an “old-fashioned” apron dress or pinafore apron. When I have to do some shopping or some unexpected guests show up at my frontdoor, I simply throw away that apron and am prepared for the new situation without needing any change in my outfit.

    When I have to prepare lunch to some guests I feel absolutely perfect in a black dress with an apron like in : http://www.etsy.com/listing/44693852/vintage-everyday-housewife-apron-size over it. That particular apron has been sold to me, but there are of course many alternatives. And let’s be honest, cleaning your windows in a beautiful evening dress is not a very nice feeling, but in a normal dress or skirt with an apron over it I feel myself perfect and I’m instantly ready to leave my household activities. And also in most European traditional local costumes, the female costume incorporated in most cases an apron.

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  5. Oh my goodness I love it! How adorable. I really need to figure out a good curtain situation for my sliding glass door. I HATE the blinds that are there now.

  6. jennifer says:

    I have used a couple of my favorite half-aprons this way for a while. I have two hanging over the narrow windows in my studio, so your post caught my eye. Since there seem to be metal beams surrounding those windows (making hardware installation diffucult) I have the aprons on wire hangers and attach clothespins to those. Wanna see? http://www.flickr.com/photos/textile_fetish/sets/72157594260050055/

  7. linda t says:

    Over the summer I did the very same thing!
    I have sooo many aprons and wanted to have them out for all to enjoy!
    Check it out!
    http://lindathompson.blogspot.com/2008/01/time-to-create-in-2008.html

  8. MimiG says:

    Love the creativity! And, the way the sun shines through the different colors – reminds me of watercolors.
    MimiG

  9. Mandi says:

    Haha, I love it! What a great way to display them!

  10. Brandi says:

    That is irrisitably adorable!

    Oh my goodness – it just makes me all smiley and jank.

    I hope I can be half as cute as you when I am a non-res-hall kid.

  11. Wendy says:

    first… I really love your red full length apron! lol. Second, how cute! I could never pull it off myself (it’s not my style, I guess) but I would totally know this was you if I were ever in your house! It suits you, and how great to have more use for your aprons than folding them in a closet!

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