Aprons Merit Badge

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 5,518 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—7,451 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life

For this week’s Stitching and Crafting/Aprons Merit Badge, I was super psyched to earn my Expert Level Badge. I had the perfect opportunity for it, too: a couple of my girlfriends were opening a bakery downtown and my plan was to make us matching aprons (the frillier, the better) and have us all wear them as we gave out their mouth-watering, moist, decadent, frosted cupcake samples, thereby luring in customers for life with our yumminess and our farmgirl style.

Lest you think I was only there for the cupcakes, I assure you … I am all about aprons and the movement to bring them back to everyday fashion.

And incidentally, I do enjoy the occasional cupcake.

Or three.

But anyway, I had a grand time picking out my fabrics. That, in itself, would have fulfilled the three-hour time commitment this badge requires, but perhaps you are not so shoppingly indecisive as I. I finally (and I do mean finally) quieted my inner voice that kept telling me the even more perfect calico was just around the next clearance table, and happily

paid for my purchases:

a yard of pumpkin bedecked cotton

a yard of autumnal inspired plaid

and a yard of seersucker in a fall leaves pattern

Not to mention some ribbons and lace. Hey, remember, frill is the name of the game here.


Having my three aprons matchy-matchy was on purpose, of course. Not only would the three of us look fabulous together, but I could use snippets of the other materials for one another’s pockets and flounces.

Now, when it comes to aprons, the rule is … there is no rule. Some gals like theirs full, some like theirs halfsies, some like ‘em totally wrapped around the tushy area, others like ‘em just in front. Me? I like the half style, with a big ribbon for tying and looking cute, all the way around (I have a tendency to wipe my flour-bedecked hands on my jeans’ back pockets), and there simply must be pockets, for things like my measuring spoons, my cell phone, and a handful of jelly beans. You know, in case of an emergency. You’d be surprised at how often a low blood sugar and snacking emergency occurs in the course of my day.

So, I brewed myself some tea, set aside the jelly beans, turned up the radio, and got to cutting and pinning. The fun thing about aprons is you don’t really need a pattern, and if you make a mistake, do what I do:

Cover it with a frill.

By the time the cupcakes were cooled and ready for sampling, my aprons were ready to go. I wore my pumpkin haute couture creation with flair, and even added some lipstick for my afternoon out on the town. You know …

for the frill of it!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love this idea! Three fall aprons for a bakery opening?? What could be more perfect! I have the intermediate level Apron badge and it was the best learning task for me because I have been making fun aprons for Farmgirl swaps! Mine are pretty simple but with so many adorable fabrics, you just cannot go wrong.

    Speaking of bakery, this week I went to visit a friend of mine who runs a tiny bakery out back of her gift shop. Baking has always been a love of hers and adding a bakery to her business just made sense. We worked together at the same healthcare system for a few years and I wanted to share with her that I had retired. As we chatted, she was whipping up more of her signature Sour Cream Pound Cakes for a group of realtors who were having an event the next day. My eyes drifted down into the display case and there were Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars!! I kid you not! So, I Immediately bought one and can I say there were simply perfect! The only thing better would have been if I had read this post about the aprons and taken her a fall apron just for fun to celebrate retirement. Of course, that might be the perfect excuse to go back for another one of those pumpkin delights!

  2. Karlyne says:

    About a zillion years ago we owned a bakery, and I traded bread (we made fabulous bread!) for frilly aprons to a down-on-her-luck mom. I was too busy at that time baking and trying to get a couple of hours sleep each night to do much sewing, and I remember those aprons with fondness!

  3. Rev. Dolores Smith Gibbs says:

    Can you move to Cherokee County? I’ll be your partner in crime! That sounds like so much fun!
    Seriously, that’s why I bought. 2 years subscription, and I’m telling everyone about your wonderful magazine, nice and cleancut!

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