National Tie One On Day

I am very excited to announce the launch of my National Tie One On Day campaign. Participation in National Tie One On Day is simple – on the day before Thanksgiving, pause in the preparation of your own bounty, wrap a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on…an apron, of course! and deliver the wrapped bundle to someone in need of spiritual or physical sustenance.

As encouragement to your assistance in the promotion of National Tie One On Day and its message of sharing and gratefulness, Andrews McMeel, my wonderful publisher, is offering 5 copies of The Apron Book and 5 copies of Apronisms in a giveaway, along with 5 vintage aprons from my personal collection! That’s 15 wonderful giveaways!

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions on the home page and post the National Tie One On Day button on your website or blog, then leave a comment on this blog. Please provide an email where I might contact you, should you be a winner. Entries accepted until 9 pm Mountain Time, November 26th.

Thank you so very much for embracing National Tie One On Day!


  1. I am posting this comment for a friend. Her and a few of our friends will be having a tie one on day. We will then take the bread and aprons to people who need prayers. She has sent her pastor this message to see if he will put it in their church bulletin:

    “I and a few of my friends are participating in this day. Is there any way that it could be put in the bulletin, maybe others would like to help share “Bread & Bread” and maybe a place to distribute the apron wrapped loaves and prayer notes after they’re finished. I will be sewing new simple aprons and baking the bread in my kitchen.”

    Her email is

    Her name is Becky Barret

    Thank you!

    Jo Lynn Francis

  2. OMG & Wahoooo,,, I did it, I figured out how to put the Tie One On button onto my blog.
    What a wonderul idea to share an apron & a loaf….thanx to both you & the McNeel publishing company for having this delightful drawing.
    Oh & what a wonderful idea that JoLynn posted about the ladies in her church and their generous hearts.

  3. I’ve got the button up on my blog, and I think I’ve already decided who’s going to be the recipient of the apron and bread. Thanks for such a fun giveaway!

  4. I posted about this on my blog and also put icon in side bar. What a neat service project. I love aprons. I’d love to win your contest.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. Put the button on my blog, and I think it is a great idea! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  6. Hey, y’all, I am so pleased with the response to National Tie One On Day! Your participation will immeasurably brighten Thanksgiving for someone in need of a hug. Thank you.

    Now, for a bit of housekeeping (much more fun to tidy here than in my own home!) – Yes, it is absolutely okay to organize a group to participate in National Tie One On Day. And for posting the button and code: look to the front/home page of

    Tie One On…an apron, of course!

  7. I have your button on my BLOG too. I would LOVE to enter this lovely give away. I know JUST the person who would love to receive one.
    Thanks for this opportunity.

    Hugs from Marian/Dutchy from MJF

  8. Ellyanne,
    I don’t have a blog to put the button on but I would love to be included in the drawing. I love my apron book and would like the opportunity to win the apronisms book or vintage apron.

  9. What a wonderful idea. I can’t believe I’ve never been to your site before!

    I’m posting this in a featured today.

    please feel free to email me

    vintagemorning {AT} GMAIL DOT COM

  10. I am so excited about this.I never grew up having my Mom wear one, and only on occasion would my Grandmother wear one, but it is second nature for me to grab out one of my trust aprons before I start doing anything around the house (cooking, cleaning, etc.) So this excites me.

    Last year, in fact, I posted about “National Tie One On Day” and it was amazing that so many loved the idea and then so many had never heard of the day. So I am V-E-R-Y excited about this. I think it is a wonderful blessing to all who participate.

    What lovely prizes you are giving away. Wow! I would love to be a recipient of any one of them. How generous of you to host this…let’s all “Tie One on!”


  11. Y’alls embracement of National Tie One On Day is like a huge hug. Thank you again (and again) for promoting the Day’s message of sharing and gratefulness.

    And to everyone out there without a blog or website to post the button, you may absolutely participate in this giveaway – just put out the word via email, and let me know by leaving a comment here. This is what I told my youngest, blogless sister to do, so climb on board!

    Tie One On…an apron, of course!

  12. I absolutely love this holiday and it’s the first I’ve heard of it. My button is up and I’ll make sure to post about it on my blog as well!


  13. I think this is a wonderful idea. I am excited to participate in it. My button is already up and I will be blogging about it today as well because I think this is such a great thing to do!

  14. This is such a wonderful idea..I love it and I’m happy to participate. I have your button and am happy to post on my blog..
    my email is:
    cat_white_cloud (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. I have posted the button and will definately be baking an extra loaf of bread the day before Thanksgiving! I love this idea!

    Crossing my fingers for a copy of that Apron Book!!

  16. My daughter who is 10 and myself are going to be participating in your Tie one on Day. what a wonderful unique way to share the giving spirit with everyone. I will be bringing all the info to my local quilt store as well.

    Michelle P

  17. Button is on my blog! My email address is also at my blog. Thanks so much! I just got some vintage aprons on Ebay, so I can’t wait to pick one out for this neat project!

  18. I put your button on my blog. I have your book as my darling hubby gave it to me for my birthday! I’d love the apronisms or an apron of course as I daily “tie one on”!
    paigewhitley at suddenlink dot net

  19. I’ve added your button. I think this is a wonderful idea. It would be great for parents, grandparents, or aunts&uncles to do with the little ones in their lives. Just of think the example set and the lesson our children would learn!

  20. I would love to say I have been enjoying your first book since it came out. I don’t have a blog but would still love the opportunity to win Apronisms or one of your aprons.

  21. This is great! I love aprons and have a small collections. So happy to know about this and the blog:) I added the button to my blog. Thanks!!! Keep up the great work.

  22. I just love your Tie one on Day Idea. I only know how to make one apron, but after the holidays, I think i will work on expanding my repetoir. AND What a great giveaway! I saw these books on amazon and asked Santa for them.
    I don’t have a blog, so sorry..

  23. I just put the button up on my blog and will be telling everyone I know about this.

    I own the Apron Book and have used three of the patterns from inside the book – they’re great.

    Thanks for all the great giveaways and apron inspiration – Beth

    bethvanduzer (at) yahoo (dot) com

  24. I have posted the button on my blog and I am very excited! This is the last year my daughter, Libby, will be in elementary school and the last school day before Thanksgiving each homeroom mom will be bringing in a pie for a teacher. I will wrap mine in an apron. It is a fun day. Teachers stalk us as we walk through the school on our way to the teacher’s lunchroom. Teachers mark their favorites all day and hope for their pick at the end of the day. I love doing this for our teachers who work so hard to help our kids. They are such special people! I can hardly wait to blog about it!

  25. The number is growing – thank you for sharing National Tie One On Day! We’re so fortunate to be in the position of giver.

    Tie One On…an apron, of course!

  26. EllynAnne — I loved seeing you at the Denver Woman’s Press Club! Your aprons rock!!! My button is up, and my hopes are high. What a great idea for sharing.
    Best regards, Joyce L.

  27. Aprons do many things – protect our clothes from splatter and spill, add variety to our wardrobe, tie us to the women of earlier generations, and according to Joyce L., rock! Love it.

    Tie One On…an apron, of course!

  28. you always inspire me! I am so glad we are friends and so happy to be a part of National Tie One On Day.


  29. I do not do math. I married someone who does. But the numbers associated with National Tie One On Day do not intimidate, but rather inspire me to break my math rule about never ever doing math in public. With 90 participants so far, there are 90 who will receive a baked good, a note, an act of kindness. Oh, joy!


  30. This is such a great idea! I have the button on blog and I am gathering goodies for my apron. I have a very special family I plan to bless!


  31. I’m game. I’ll Tie One on with you. I have challenged others to do the same on my blog. My 3 daughters (13, 11 and 8) have recently become enamored with Aprons too. How cute is that?!?!?!

  32. What a fantastic idea!

    Recently, I started an online, weekly bread-baking initiative. Our participants share photos, recipes, successes and stories through a photo-sharing group on flickr. Here’s our website:

    I posted this story today (along with your image to promote the event, i certainly hope that is alright)

    please count me among those participating and thank you so much for hosting this fabulous giveway.

    My email address is:

  33. lavendar fields dreamer is my blog but i cant get my password to work to post a comment

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  34. lavendar fields dreamer is my blog but i cant get my password to work to post a comment

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  35. I won! Thank you so much, EllynAnne! I am enjoying my new found appreciation of aprons and finding others who do too. I have so enjoyed sharing apron culture. Thank you for all the inspiration you provide. Let’s keep spreading the apron love.

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