Give From the Heart on Thanksgiving Eve

Tie On One Day Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

Give From the Heart on Thanksgiving Eve

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Tie On One Day Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

Give from the heart on Wednesday—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.

Tie One On Day as seen on Nancy Zieman's blog

Participation is easy and up lifting. 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. Note: There is 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.”  

Featured Apron Patterns

You may have an apron to give away or might think of sewing a brand new version. Mary Mulari’s new apron pattern, Family Girls features three aprons in one pattern—adult, child, and doll. Sweet!

Family Girls Apron Pattern by Mary MulariCranberry Bread Recipe—a Thanksgiving Favorite

Ocean Spray Cranberry Bread as seen on Nancy Zieman's BlogThis is either our third or fourth year participating in Tie One On Day. Each year I give a different recipe. I can’t take credit for this year’s cranberry bread recipe because it’s from Ocean Spray. (Trivia: Did you know that Wisconsin is the largest grower of cranberries? I digress.)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 5″ x 9″ loaf pan.
  • Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in a loaf pan.
  • Bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Makes 1 loaf.

A Giveaway is at the Tie One On Day website

To encourage involvement and spread the word about Tie One On Day, leave a comment at their website to be included in their giveaway.

Bye for now,

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  • nancyB
    November 22, 2014

    what a lovely idea for friends and family and new friends!

  • Sue Kimmet
    November 22, 2014

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  • Nancy in MN.
    November 22, 2014

    That apron is the most incredible gift. I made one for a Prize and the lady who received it was a retired Textile
    Teacher…she is still commenting on it 4 years later.
    Appreciate the one who designed the pattern.
    Nancy in MN.
    P.S. That is a good recipe for the Cranberry Bread, but the SECRET is…heat the O.J.

  • JR
    November 22, 2014

    I would have purchased this apron pattern if you would have made it available as a download. It would have saved you the hassle of sending it. How about considering “some” patterns as downloads?

  • Deanna
    November 22, 2014

    I love that aprons are coming back. My Mom and Grandma always used aprons.

  • Carol
    November 22, 2014

    What a great idea! I don’t know if I’ll have time to sew aprons this year, but I love the idea of giving from the heart with a loaf of holiday bread. Thanks, Nancy!

  • Julie Pawelak
    November 22, 2014

    Beautiful idea! As a retired nurse I want to show my appreciation to the people who enrich my life and keep me healthy. I have an apron sewn and ready to give to my nurse practitioner, dental hygienist, receptionist and local librarian.

  • Amelia M. McNairy
    November 22, 2014

    Participated last year, and it made me happy year long. Thanks for the reminder. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Berenice
    November 22, 2014

    Good idea! If you don’t have time to sew & bake, you could also donate an hour or two (it is free) to most shelters or neighborhood associations that serve economically challenged people meals at this time of year. Most of them start cooking days in advance and usually welcome any extra hands. Give them a call and ask, even if you just end up washing potatoes!! These events ususally go on through the beginning of the year.

  • Starla
    November 22, 2014

    i love the idea of making mother and daughter aprons for my stepdaughter and granddaughter.

  • Jennifer Fried
    November 22, 2014

    Hi Nancy and a nod to Mary, I have worn aprons for years. I seem to get more accomplished when wearing an apron. I have lots from days gone by as some were my Mom’s, some were my Grandma’s, and a whole bunch from estate auctions. Love the idea of “everything old is new again!” My friends think me a bit odd because I wear the aprons, but thats OK. Glad that Mary is renewing an interest in the beloved apron. Jennifer

  • Keri Lyn
    November 24, 2014

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Linda
    November 25, 2014

    What an awesome idea. On Halloween I had a hip replacement and unable to do anything………I will try next year to use this plan. My wonderful husband has stepped up and is doing all the household chores and taking care of me and tomorrow he’ll be preparing our Thanksgiving meal. I am grateful to the surgeon, medical staff, my husband and God for their loving ways. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!!!

  • Melissa Phillips
    December 2, 2014

    Such a neat idea! I copied the idea and embroidered, “Give Thanks” and scripture reference. Them wrapped a loaf of Amish friendship bread in it and gave it to a co-worker of my husband’s who has been so helpful with his new job.

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