When I was growing up all adults in the kitchen wore aprons. When my sister and I got to help a dish towel was tied around our waists. One Christmas my Mother made both of us a small apron to wear when we helped. This Christmas I made my daughter and grand-daughters aprons. I was surprised they went over so well.
Aprons were made from flour sacks when I was a kid. They were 100% cotton and came in various sizes. They held flour, sugar and chicken feed. The earlier sacks were white, off white and often had ink trade marks. Mother would scrub them clean and hang them out in the sun to whiten more. It wasn't until the 1920's and 1930's that the sacks started coming in prints. I remember my Mother telling my Dad what colored sacks to get. The chicken feed sacks came in prints with no ink trade marks. These sacks had a sewn closing which after many tries you could unravel. Many of our dresses were made from flour sacks. In the 1940's the sacks came with paper labels which were soaked off.
Mother got her patterns free from the newspaper and they often had big pockets (which held hankies, candy, odds and ends) long ties and fit any size. Today I paid $8.00 for the pattern above and was surprised at the number of apron patterns for sale. Hooray for aprons. Grandmother