Linen apron ideas to fall in love with
If, like me, you love a cross back Japanese crossback linen apron, you need to know about these beauties all crafted in 100% linen and available to buy from small UK independents or individual makers. Why linen? Apart from its beauty, linen is also a sustainable natural fabric that only gets better with age.
I have been saving my favourite linen aprons for ages, so I thought I should share what I’ve found with you – in case you’re partial to a beautiful linen apron too.
Linen apron ideas to fall in love with
How pretty is this Garden Flowers linen apron by Helen Round? Helen’s collections of simple and functional linen and bamboo homeware and kitchenware are all made and printed in her Cornish studios. Using small batch production and ethically sourced fabrics, each piece is sewn by a team of skilled local artisans from start to finish.
With two cross over straps, this long linen apron is designed to pop easily over your head, removing the need for fiddly bows or buttons!
Based on a Japanese design, this apron is both practical and beautiful! It features an individually hand printed design inspired by Cornish cottage gardens.
It’s available to buy in range of colours including Raspberry, Natural, Duck Egg Blue and Indigo.
I love In the Making aprons, handmade by Lisa Bennet in her South East London studio. This red linen beauty is the last one as I write, so if you’d like it, you probably need to act fast! Also available in Grass Green and Magenta.
This is my own well-worn and well-loved apron – bought years ago from Michaela (owner of Swedish House at Home) from a local Christmas Fair. It’s so nicely made and feels more like a pinafore than an apron when it’s on. Love. Swedish House At home is listed in the From Britain with Love directory and the online shop is where you’ll find a beautifully curated selection of goods made with care made primarily in the UK and Sweden. Makers include Sue Pryke, Merchant & Mills, Wild & Wood and Iris Hantverk.
Birmingham-based Bunny Street sells a wide range of linen aprons handmade in their studio, including this cute mother/daughter set. The style is just right – Japanese cross back broad straps with no ties, roomy pockets and available in a beautiful selection of colours.
This Japanese style apron has been exclusively designed by Somerset-based Sparks & Daughters and is made from beautiful stonewashed linen. The shape is just right, is available in either soft grey or natural and you can personalise with your own wording. A really lovely gift idea.
Other natural fabrics… cotton, Tencel & ramie aprons
I started out just intending to stick to linen aprons, but then I found the following designs and decided they were too lovely to miss out.
Cornish botanical design baking aprons
I had to include these beautiful 100% cotton aprons by Particle Press, the creations of founder Fiona Leighton. Fiona’s beautiful fabric designs are inspired by the wild flowers, hedgerows and meadows of her native Cornwall. Designs are created from Fiona’s original gouache paintings and utterly beautiful.
As well as the Foxglove & Longtail design (above), I’ve also picked out this Ladybird & Wren apron to share. But do check out the others, as it was impossibly hard to choose just 2 to show you: Swallow & Blossom; Cornish Garden; Goldfinch & Buttercup; Goldcrest & Cornflower
Linen look cotton butterflies cross back child’s apron by Annie Willows
Annie Willows hand crafts aprons, picnic blankets, bags and accessories in her Surrey studio. I love this child’s butterfly apron. Annie also makes a matching adult’s apron which you can buy here.
Such a pretty design – and only 3 left as I write, so if you’d like one, best not to hang around. Again you can also buy an adult’s version with a plain apron and fabric design on the pockets.
Each Rudi & Co apron is handmade and embroidered with this pretty flowers design. You can add the personalised wording of your choice – and order a matching child’s apron.
These aprons are actually made from Ramie – a sustainable fabric that is hard-wearing and washes well. It has a natural wrinkle and feels more like linen than cotton. I realise you might only be looking for linen apron ideas, but I thought this lovely apron deserved a mention.
Aprons without a cross back but just as lovely
Agnes LDN is on a mission to help reduce the need for single use plastic with beautifully made sustainable goods. From organic cotton grocery bags to nut milk bags, all of Agnes’ products are handmade in small batches in the UK using natural and organic materials. Agnes is the creation of Sophie who has combined two of her passions, sewing and living as low waste as possible to help protect our planet.
These handmade, eco-friendly aprons are crafted from sustainable linen alternative, 100% Tencel, (made from wood pulp). They have a beautiful drape, a large pocket on the front and cotton twill straps.
Available in four matte colours – Mustard, Navy, Green & Pink.
I have loved Cherith Harrison’s designs for years now. She creates distinctive illustrations, inspired by nature and wildlife, that she then brings to life on a range of goods all made in the UK. There are a few lovely 100% cotton apron designs in Cherith’s collection, but I’m picking out these two: Thistles & Butterfly and Christmas Robin and I want to show you how lovely the packaging is in case you’re looking for gift ideas…
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