13th Annual National Tie One On Day

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13th Annual National Tie One On Day

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Nancy Zieman talks about National Tie One On Day, the day before Thanksgiving


Give from the heart on Wednesday November 21—then give thanks on Thursday. This Thanksgiving Eve, Tie One On (an apron of course!) and bring joy to the life of someone in need.

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Participation is easy and uplifting. Simply wrap a loaf of bread or baked goods in an apron and tuck an encouraging note or prayer into the pocket; then present your offering to a neighbor, friend, or person in your community who could benefit from your gesture of kindness. Tie One On—and put the “give” back into Thanksgiving. There’s also a Tie One On Day card that you can print from the website and include with your gift.

EllynAnne Geisel is the founder of Tie One On Day and has this to say about this unique approach to Thanksgiving. “Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”  



Nancy Zieman Baking Cookies with her Grandaughters in I Sew For Fun


You may have an apron to give away or might think of sewing a brand new version. Make coordinating aprons from fabric squares. The instructions are detailed in Nancy’s book, I Sew For Fun—which includes twenty projects designed by Nancy—for you to sew with your little partner.

 How to Make an Apron


Nancy Zieman’s A–Z Quick Bread Recipe

Blend together

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or use 3 cups of all-purpose flour instead of 2)

Add 2 cups of “A–Z”

Such as:

  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded

“N” for nuts is optional

Note: For moist bread, use 1 cup of applesauce and 1 cup of another fruit or veggie.

Pour into two loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 50–55 minutes.

Nancy Zieman talks about National Tie One On Day, the day before Thanksgiving


Wrap a loaf of bread in an apron and tuck in an encouraging note; then present your offering to someone in your community who could benefit from your gesture of kindness. Tie One On—and put the “give” back into Thanksgiving.

Encourage involvement and spread the word about Tie One On Day.  

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Giveaway Winner 5 13

The randomly selected winner of a copy of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, from Nancy’s Notions, is Shirley C.

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Her comment is: What a clever way to put on a waistband! I have wrestled with waistbands in the past and this looks so much better. I am really interested in other tricks of the trade and look forward to reading Nancy’s story.

Nancy Zieman

The Best of Sewing With Nancy Marathon airs this weekend on Create TV! On November 3rd, The Best of Sewing With Nancy episodes will air from 6am–12pm and 6pm–12am ET, and Sunday, November 4th, noon–6pm ET. Set your DVR and Tune in Create TV this weekend for six hours of Sewing With Nancy! Learn more at https://createtv.com/Schedule

Happy Sewing and Baking,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Patty Coulter
    November 3, 2018

    I am watching Sewing with Nancy right now, Saturday, Nov. 3rd. I miss her so much. I just love watching her teach us how to sew so easily.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    November 3, 2018

    The perfect way to remember Nancy ….. giving back. Pay it forward!!

  • Pat Jarabek-T.
    November 3, 2018

    Yes, completely agree…
    I’m thinking of Nancy as I pull fabrics for aprons…
    And, of course, will use her recipe…

  • Linda
    November 3, 2018

    What s great way to celebrate Nancy and the wonderful creative gifts she shared with everyone! I have her “I Sew For Fun” book and the projects are truly enjoyable. They have sparked my granddaughter’s interest in sewing.

  • Kaylyn Shields
    November 3, 2018

    I miss Nancy so much! Met her at the quilting expo, Puyallup Washington many years ago and have one of her autographed books as a result. She was so gracious! Will soon be 65 and have been sewing since age 9. Grandmother got me started and Nancy carried the torch onward. God bless them both!

  • Lorraine
    November 3, 2018

    “TIE ONE ON DAY” What a great and meaningful idea. I will take it to heart starting this year. I will make my dear neighbor her favorite banana nut bread and share some time with her.

  • cyndy
    November 3, 2018

    I love this idea. Will participate. Made a note on my calendar 🙂

    November 3, 2018

    First, I don’t see a “giveaway” to enter at the Tie One On Website.

    Second: I just wanted to say that I did this last year. Before I left town for the Thanksgiving holiday, I baked Nancy’s bread, made an apron, wrote a note, and delivered it all to a recent widow. She was very touched and was so excited to put the bread in her freezer so she’d have a treat that lasted her a very long time. (I gave her both loaves.)

  • Kathy Padgett
    November 3, 2018

    What great idea ,will sure do this ,thanks

  • Janet johnson
    November 3, 2018

    What a wonderful idea! November is a busy month for me, but why couldn’t I do this in December. I love to bake but I really don’t need to have a bunch of goodies on hand so I’ll bake, wrap in an apron and give to the neighbors.

  • Gail Beam
    November 3, 2018

    I love this idea and what a great way to meet a new neighbor. have a cup of coffee with a friend or neighbor or treat a family member .

  • Sharon L
    November 3, 2018

    Just finished watching several episodes of Nancy’s show and thinking about how long and how much I’ve learned from her (from the beginning) and how much I will miss learning from her. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate Nancy than to “Tie One On.” I have several recipients in mind!! Blessings to all!

  • Twyla
    November 3, 2018

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. My granddaughters would enjoy receiving “The Absolute easiest way to sew”. Four of them entered a quilt or quilted item in our guild’s Quilt Show.

  • Linda weinberger
    November 3, 2018

    My granddaughter is a little young to see with but I can’t wait till we start. What a great idea to bring a dish with an apron. My neighbor is recovering from surgery. I think I’ll try that

  • Cynthia DeLamare
    November 3, 2018

    Wonderful and inspirational, will do this for a hard working lady a church. Thank you! Looking forward to seeing some of the broadcasts tomorrow. Blessings!

  • Kay Huchteman
    November 4, 2018

    This book is on my want list for Christmas. I think I would have it open all the time.

  • Hazel Davidson
    November 4, 2018

    What a wonderful idea to share some of our “bountiful blessings” with others as we give thanks! Must follow through with the apron which is a great idea. I have a host of friends and neighbors who might enjoy the bread.

  • Rhonda Heffner
    November 4, 2018

    Nancy was such a wonderful creative woman.I loved all of her Saturday programs.She has definitely left an aspiring legacy to all of us in the sewing world. I will definitely embrace her A to Z bread and apron giving idea.

  • Susan
    November 6, 2018

    The concept of “Tie One On” Day is simple and yet so profound. Bread is so symbolic of nourishment and the idea of wrapping it up in an apron is welcoming and heartwarming. It is a beautiful tribute to Nancy.

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