Tie One On Day 2015

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”
November 25, 2015 - Tie One On Day
Tie One On…Give from the heart…Then give thanks

On the eve of Thanksgiving some twelve years ago, I wrapped a pie in an apron with a handwritten note of sympathy slipped into the pocket, and delivered it to a neighbor experiencing more heartbreak than should be. Her response of delight and warmth was unexpected and very touching.

In offering a small gesture of recognition to the family’s situation, I was surprised at the unexpected joyfulness that I experienced. The win-win of the exchange was so memorable, I knew it had to be shared. So I created TIE ONE ON DAY™.

Celebrated on the eve of Thanksgiving – Wednesday, November 25 this year – TIE ONE ON DAY is an annual opportunity to share our good fortune by wrapping a loaf of bread or other baked good in domestic cloth and tuck in a sweet note; then tie one on…an apron, of course! and deliver the offering to a neighbor, friend or charity in need of a bit of kindness.


To encourage y’all adding TIE ONE ON DAY to your holiday tradition and embracing its message of sharing and gratefulness, a dedicated group of generous SPONSORS are putting some fabulous “give” into the TOODAY 2015 Goodie Giveaway!

To enter the TIE ONE ON DAY Giveaways, leave a comment at the end of this blog posting, sharing with others how you plan to be a part of this year’s TOOD. Your comment is your entry into the November 24th drawing for the giveaways.   Four (4) Giveaway winners will be randomly selected and contacted via their provided email.

*TIE ONE ON DAY Giveaways are open only to entrants living within the United States

Thanksgiving is a holiday known for recollection, making new traditions and sharing. The apron symbolizes these concepts. A small bit of your time will make someone else’s day brilliantly brighter. And the more who participate, the more who receive. Such is the win-win of TOOD.

So please join me and tie one on…an apron, of course! and through Tie One On Day, make a difference in someone’s life.

Tie One On…Give from the heart…Then give thanks


To accompany your Tie One On Day delivery, this complimentary note card is available to download HERE.

November 25, 2015 - Tie One On Day
The more who participate in TOODay, the more who receive!




    1. Kelli, hey! I’m so happy you discovered my Tie One On Day because whatever you chose to do, another’s day will be made more the brighter. xxea

  1. I plan to take a loaf of beer bread and an apron to my dear, sweet sister-in-law who is undergoing treatment for cancer. She has opened her house and heart to our extended family for Christmas every year since 1990. It is our turn to honor her.

  2. What a great idea! I have so many beautiful aprons . . . but they are all sitting in a box. I now plan to share them with family and friends so they can enjoy them too along with some of my favorite pumpkin bread!

  3. I am participating in a craft show and I will mention this idea t o people. Let’s Tie One On for all the winter holidays we might celebrate, too!

  4. This year I am getting a couple of friends together and we are making 80 loafs of pumpkin bread and wrapping them in Thanksgiving kitchen towels that are being donated by my family and friends. We will distribute them at our local foodshelf’s November distribution. Its on the 21st not Thanksgiving eve. but the results for them and for us will be wonderful. I did this last year for the first time only the bread was not wrapped in kitchen towels. I put the names of the people that assisted me in a drawing for an apron I made. I would love to make 80 aprons for next years distribution. Any one want to help with that?

  5. I’ve just been made aware of this great way to reach out with care and feeding of body and soul. I will definitely participate. As a newbie in a new to me neighborhood, this is a great way to reach out to my neighbors.

  6. First time hearing of TOOD. Love to sew and now a great opportunity to use some of ‘my stash’ which includes some apron panels. Good, fun, way to share during a Season of Thanksgiving. Thanks for the idea.

  7. This year, TOOD is November 25, and that also happens to be my daughter’s B’day. Along with her B’day gift, I will be giving her a TOOD of an apron with a loaf of bread for her to use as the hostess at the Thanksgiving Day dinner at her home the next day.

  8. I am participating by sharing TOODAY on both of my Facebook pages, Instagram and Twitter. I am telling all of my students. Most importantly, I am baking bread (trying Nancy Zieman’s recipe this year) and making aprons (I might even give Mary Mulari’s Hot Dish apron pattern a try!) for a minimum of 6 neighbors.

    1. thank you, Linda, for embracing TOODay and introducing it to others. Greatly appreciated! I need to check on Nancy’s recipe and Mary’s aprons are gifts themselves! xxea

  9. I just discovered this wonderful day. I have a small sewing company and make many aprons. I am going to donate some apron wrapped baked goods to the local food bank. I love this idea. Thank you!

    1. That you’ve joined the grassroots movement of TOODay is wonderful – and all aprons have a basic simplicity and when sewn with love, are the best to tie on! xxea

  10. I have an apron hanging in my kitchen that I made in 8th grade Home Economics class (1968). I made it from feed sacks that my mother had saved. My granddaughters love to wear it when they help me in the kitchen.

    1. Barbara, my inspiration for TOODay was the result of my taking a “bit of cheer” pie to a neighbor who experienced a devastation, much as yours. So wonderful that she is on your mind and in your heart. xxea

  11. An attitude of gratitude is such an attractive element in our personality. It goes with sharing so well. TOODAY should be encouraged to last all year!
    I love the idea of aprons. I hope they will come back for others!!

  12. Although instead of the 25th, on the 21st November my Granddaughter’s and I will be volunteering at the Good Seed Church helping to feed the homeless and hungry. On 20 th I will make 20 gallons of gravy and roast 3 of the 12 turkeys for that Saturday. As I’m visiting in another state I think this is a way to pass on the gift to my Granddaughter’s that giving to others is a special privilege and gift that never stops giving. Hopefully, this will stay with them for their entire lifetime and they will pass this on to their children.

  13. I love sewing aprons to give as gifts. This year I’ve got several to make for wonderful friends and relatives that provide cookie exchanges, Thankgiving and Christmas dinnertime key and my family.

  14. What a great idea! I discovered your site through Nancy zieman’s blog. Will try her recipe for bread and wear an apron made by my mother in law Angelina who I never met. My hubby kept several of her things, of which were aprons she made for herself.

  15. Kudos and thanks for the apron idea . I give away more pies than I keep at the holidays, and the apron idea is a good one. Thanks for the idea and the chance to win …

  16. I’ve made sewn items and quilts for charities for years. Tying one on day will give me another opportunity to brighten someone’s life. Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. I’ll be giving away an apron on Thanksgiving day, and thank you for this lovely opportunity to share and maybe get something in return. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  18. My daughter and I came up with a list of women in our community that need a smile and helping hand. We are going to buy aprons this year. But, next year we plan on expanding our list and making the aprons ourselves.

  19. This is my first year participating in Tie One On. I made two aprons that I am going to mail out to my two best friends to share in this new tradition/holiday. Thank you for starting a great tradition and bringing the apron back. (Was it ever really gone?)

  20. I’ve participated in the TOOday in past years….. And have always been delighted with the reaction my gift of a hand made apron and homemade bread have gotten! I will of course be seeing and baking up s storm again…… And surprising my recently divorced friend!

    1. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for those of us with “spare” to share our bounty, as with your friend. Bread and an apron are truly giving from the heart. xxea

  21. My 20 month old daughter and I will be participating by giving a goodie wrapped in a homemade child sized apron! I’ve also been posting about it on my FB page. This has been a family tradition of ours for the past three years!

  22. I discovered your site—and your mission—just in the nick of time! I’ll be promoting TOOD via Instagram and Twitter, and I’ll see if I can’t leave work a little early today so a neighbor I should know better can have some fresh-from-the-oven goodness.

  23. What a great idea! I remember being a waitress at weddings and each girl got an apron to wear as a gift for helping. I fondly remember my grandmothers always wore an apron! I will be sharing my canning bounty from my garden this year all wrapped up in apron. Share the love!

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