GIVEAWAY: “Hanky Apron, Hanky Panky”

In the Oct/Nov issue of MaryJanesFarm, “Hanky Panky” (on newsstands Sept. 15), I led you here to my daily journal for a chance to win our cute half-apron made from vintage hankies on p. 79.


We also provide instructions for making your own hanky apron in the Oct-Nov issue, so be sure to pick up your copy when it hits newsstands on Sept. 15. But if you’d like a chance to win this one, using unusual fall-themed vintage hankies, just share what aprons mean to you in the comments section below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner in mid-November, when the Oct/Nov issue expires on newsstands. Stay tuned for more magazine-related giveaways!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    These little aprons are pretty and fun. My entrance to wearing aprons started with my first copy of MJF with the Dec/Jan 2009 issue. Slowly, I am building a collection which I now wear every day when I am cooking or outside if I am doing clean-up. I love aprons that have nice big pockets too.

  2. stella says:

    I just love a pretty apron! I feel feminine and somehow protected when wearing one..

  3. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I’ve been in love with aprons since I was a little girl. My grandma always put an apron on me when she let me “help” in her kitchen. My mom wore them when she baked. I’ve continued to wear them throughout my married life. And now I’ve passed on the tradition to my daughters & grandgirls by making them ones for birthdays & Christmas. I simply love aprons! I even hate going to any fabric store, as I usually end up finding something to make a new one!

  4. Chrissy says:

    I love the domestic feel aprons give when they are worn. I wear one especially when making holiday cookies. I also like to wear one when gardening to carry produce. Its nicer for the neighbors than using the bottom of my shirt 🙂

  5. Sandy Rees says:

    I don’t wear them all of the time, but aprons make me feel special when I do. There’s such a homey feeling to put one on when I start baking and cooking.

  6. Christine Erdman says:

    I love aprons and have many of them. I also made my one year old granddaughter her very first apron this summer and she loves it. It is hot pink with daises, ruffles and a pocket of pink and white polka-dots for contrasting material. Now my grandson would like one so I got him some John-Deere material and will make him a manly apron (boys need to cook also).

  7. Teri Schneider says:

    I’ve adored aprons since being a little girl and helping my grandma in the kitchen. She was a real farm woman, making everything for her family. My mother followed the tradition of apron wearing and growing a garden to provide for her family. I’ve made a few for my own use and taught my daughter how to sew so that she could make hers. She’ll be getting married next April, and I may be rushing this a bit (lol!), but I can’t wait until a I have a granddaughter that I can make a little apron for!

  8. Linda says:

    I love aprons. I remember my grandmothers always wearing aprons in the house and yard. My mother almost always wore an apron in the kitchen. When she came home from work she had to start dinner before changing clothes and the aprons kept her clothes clean because she could wipe her hands on the apron, which was washable. I like wearing aprons with large pockets because I am always picking things up to put someplace else, and I can put them in the pockets until putting them in their proper place. Otherwise, I may put that item down and then can’t find it again. LOL! I’ve been making recycled jeans aprons for quite a while. I sell them at craft fairs and give them away as gifts.

  9. love aprons..they make me think of my grandma..the old days..old fashion ways..i like to make and wear my aprons..i want to introduce them to my grand-daughters when they are old enough..aprons are fun!

  10. I wore old fashioned pinafores that my mother made for me when I was a little girl. These days I’m a very messy cook so I never prepare a complicated meals without an apron on. If there is a chance to spatter grease I will do it – gotta protect myself.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Aprons make me think of home, food, family and traditions.

  12. Dawn says:

    My love of aprons comes from watching my grandmothers and step mother cooking in the kitchen. My grandmother even wore them when she was in the garden. I love collecting them and have them all over my kitchen!

  13. Therese Clouse says:

    Aprons bring back memories of helping my mother can fruits and vegetables or helping grandma cook in the restaurant back home. I still wear an apron when I cook and bake and especially when I can vegetables.

  14. Carol Vagher says:

    My Grandmother’s sister was a seamstress and made the most beautiful aprons. My Grandmother had a wonderful collection and all the years we washed the holiday dishes we all got to wear one of the’s aprons. My sister and I both hav ed h ad such a thing for aprons since we were kids. I now sew them too!

  15. Deborah McKissic says:

    This is such a cute apron…from hankies! I have an old MJ back issue magazine with apron patterns in it…love those patterns…I love to craft aprons from vintage materials…and, I collect aprons…just can’t resist them in the antique stores…and, the ones that are embroidered along the check lines….I think how someone made those and now there they sit in the antique store for sale…all that time to make them…so, I have to buy them, ha ha! ….my grand girls have aprons to wear when they help me in the kitchen and even my grandsons…with camo trim, for sure!

  16. jaylyn m says:

    I can do things better and more efficiently when I’m in my apron. It makes me feel tidy and ready to attack the project at hand.

  17. Denice Webb says:

    If you mention the word apron, I immediately think of the apron that holds my mother’s clothspins. To me it is the embellishment of a woman that loves the outdoors and the smell of fresh air. I can’t hang my laundry outside but I can still have the enjoyment of the memory and imagine the smell associated with that apron.

  18. Cathy R says:

    How adorable! Aprons remind me of my grandmothers, they always had one on except when they went to church or town. I love all of your patterns Maryjane! Thanks for keeping the love of aprons alive! And thanks for a great giveaway!

  19. Dawn Overholt says:

    I have a couple of aprons on a hook in the kitchen. My prettiest one is white with battenburg lace and embroidered flowers. I keep meaning to wear one since I drop and spill stuff frequently. I don’t think about them until it is too late. Started early today dropping a piece of pancake with syrup on my lap. Maybe it’s a bib I need.
    Since I use cloth handkerchiefs, It would be nice to have one made of hankies and maybe this one would be worn.

  20. Theresa Koch says:

    Oh my goodness they mean so much since my mother passed away she always wore them, and had special ones for each Holiday. How I love them and wish I had gotten hers. These are so very beautiful, fingers crossed you consider me.

  21. Nancy Coughlin says:

    I started wearing an apron when I helped the Women’s Association at Church serve one of their many fund-raising dinners to support the Building Fund. We (the waitresses) all had to wear an apron to be allowed out of the kitchen! Discovered when I was pregnant that I had to tie my apron strings under my armpits, to protect the few maternity outfits I had during my first pregnancy. That is a habit that has been hard to break until I discovered the full length aprons. The early training I received from those ‘church ladies’ about not being dressed correctly without an apron has certainly hung on. My collection today is not very large, but love finding aprons whenever I can, particularly if they are vintage aprons.

  22. Dusty Cannon says:

    I have a two hook chicken rack full or aprons. I love their connection to the past and how each one has a story to tell!

  23. Judy k says:

    Reminds me good ol days and Gramma! When things were slower and better……

  24. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    Aprons bring memories of my mother and grandmother! Good memories of great smells in the kitchen. I miss them both . . .

  25. Ashley Christensen says:

    Wearing an apron transports me back to a time that I would love to be in! I just feel like so much more housework gets done once it’s on:)

  26. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    Aprons always reminds me of my grandmothers and great grandma’s. They always wore aprons every day all day long. When I would help them cook, bake or can they always tied one of their aprons on me. It was big but I didn’t care. I loved helping them. I still wear aprons to this day.

  27. judy says:

    Aprons are wonderful cherished items in my home. I have memories of my grandma wearing one everyday, as we would walk through her vegetable and flower gardens. I have them hanging in my kitchen. I also have some from my grandpas bakery ones he didn’t even get to use. I added lace and hankies on them and gave as Christmas presents to the girls in our family. My father (84) was just smiling as he realized these were the ones from the bakery. From generation to generation with a small story made these extra special. My daughter wears the one I made in my school home ec. class years ago and she has several of my mothers in her collection.

  28. Beth C says:

    Aprons remind me of mom cooking. Mom grew up during the depression and family meant the world to her, so when there were holidays mom invited everyone over and she cooked a feast. It was loud, full of love and so much fun. What great memories of mom and her apron.

  29. karen sanford says:

    I’ve worn aprons that were either my grandmothers or my mothers since I was old enough to walk! My love for Aprons is at least 60 years old!!!

  30. Donna says:

    Aprons remind me of my grandmother and mother cooking. I have one apron from my mother, and I often put it on when cooking dinner. I feel more efficient when wearing it. Maybe because mom always was always organized and that was her “business attire” doing her job. If you get a chance find the poem “Grandma’s Apron” It will stir up a lot of memories for everyone.

  31. arlene wilder says:

    I remember in High School taking a sewing class and having to make an apron. I did it but it wasn’t exactly as perfect as this one. I used my Mother’s she had some special aprons from my Grandmother. I loved the personal touches on them it makes them very special.

  32. Kathleen says:

    I love aprons and putting them on while baking. Now that my daughter is older she joins me in the kitchen and wears her favorites too.

  33. Idamarie Settlemyer says:

    These hankies look much larger? but I love using old embroidered pillow cases. Hankies make good pockets. I have a drawer full of old hankies, beautiful colors and prints. I’ll have to see if I have any larger ones to make apron with.

  34. Donna McKeown says:

    My daughters and I have apron themed tea parties
    And have made our own aprons out of vintage tableclothes as well as hankies.

  35. Esther Doerksen says:

    I have fond memories of cooking with my mother with both of us wearing aprons. Now I love to sew aprons for my daughters, son-in-law (for grilling) and granddaughters!

  36. Heather (nndairy) says:

    I’m very messy in the kitchen. Aprons to me are more than just a way to protect my clothes though. Not only does a pretty apron help to brighten the kitchen and my mood – but every little stain or snag reminds me of all the love I’ve put into baked goods, meals, loaves of breads, jars of canned goods, etc. My aprons are an extension of me!

  37. Jessica says:

    After slimming down by 50lbs in the last year, I suddenly want to wear feminine aprons again and celebrate my accomplishment! The aprons in the latest issue of MJF are so beautiful and inspiring! What I wouldn’t give to find my own pile of those hankies!!

  38. Lauren Akridge says:

    So uniquely beautiful!

  39. Norine says:

    Aprons, remind me of going to my Grandma’s Farm and she always wore one baking,canning,and working around the house. She would even let me wear one when I came to her house. She made all her aprons out of old flour sacks and leftover fabric she had from her quilting and sewing projects. So many good memories……

  40. Susan Capela says:

    I love aprons. My daughter just gave me one for my birthday. It is a full apron and I would love to win a half apron. The half apron is so pretty. My mother was such a great
    cook and baker. We wore aprons when cooking and baking. I still have half aprons that I
    made in Home Ec. in high school, they are 45 years old.

  41. Brenda Winskey says:

    Aprons bring back memories of my maternal grandmother (called her Granny). She always worn an apron, even when she wasn’t cooking. I think sometimes when she had hers on outside she would put the “little chicks” in the pockets. Just kidding!!! I did put the chicks in a basket and tote them around myself. Seeing her in her apron meant she was doing something important, mainly cooking (on her wood stove-when I was really young) for her family. And, if I may mention, she was an awesome cook.

  42. Sandy Rees says:

    Putting on an apron gets me in the right mood to spend some quality time in the kitchen. It’s kind of like a baking uniform to me. Ready for business when I put it in n.

  43. Robin Darling says:

    I enjoy making aprons and wearing them! I have made so many for friends and family! They just make everything cozier!

  44. Bobbi C says:

    I don’t own a apron but that one is soo cute

  45. Cindy Jacobson says:

    My first aprons were made by my grandma. I have several aprons hanging in my kitchen. From ones from my grandma to ones from friends. I have even designed children’s aprons and given them away. Besides having some for sentimental reasons, I use some to keep my clothes from getting stained. I’m a messy cook.

  46. Deanna Cox says:

    Aprons can be pretty but they are also practical, if I would only remember to put one on before I start cooking ! Anyway, I have a couple that were made by my Grandma McMillan, very old. One my mama made is very special to me, after she made me that one and one for my little girl at the time, I then started making some.

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