Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Put the "give" back in Thanksgiving

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal,
and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

Four years ago, I noticed that Thanksgiving was talked about
in terms more commonly associated with stress, than joy.
I remembered my mother’s absolute love of Thanksgiving,
as a day more than anything else of sharing and gratefulness.
So I created National Tie One On Day™ as an annual opportunity
to return the “give” to Thanksgiving by sharing our good fortune
with someone in need of a kind gesture.

National Tie One On Day™ has nothing to do with purchasing
anything special or even driving!

Participation is simple.
On the day before Thanksgiving, November 25th this year,
pause in the preparation of your own meal,
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 without your bounty…
a neighbor, friend or family member in need of physical or spiritual sustenance,
a bit of recognition or just a kind word.

I know it to be true that whether you live in a high rise apartment building
or on a quiet block,
no matter which direction you walk out of your own front door,
someone deserving of a gesture of kindness is close by.

National Tie One On Day™ is a win-win, for the participant and the receiver. By embracing National Tie One On Day™, you will make someone else’s day brighter.

EllynAnne Geisel

A chance to use up all those fat quarters you've collected!

Each apron takes 1 fat quarter and 1/2 yard fabric.

Here are 2 aprons I made yesterday afternoon.


It takes approximately one hour to make.

Yep, An Apron In A hour!

Wanted to show how the ties wrapped around and tied in front.
Unfortunately, my modeling days are over.

I don't think my bar stools do it justice!

It's all about the fabric with this pattern!

Here is the link to the FREE

Apron In A Hour Tutorial

Jona's Blog is Stop Staring and Start Sewing

Stop in and say "HI".


“Give us this day our daily bread isn’t just a prayer,

The words are also a reminder that to have more

than daily bread is to be blessed.”

EllynAnne Geisel.

Let's help put the "give" back in Thanksgiving.


  1. Wow! Thank you for using my tutorial! Your aprons look darling and I'm so glad you had success with my instructions! (whew!) :)

  2. Guess what came in the mail today? :) Thank you so much - I love it, love it, love it - all of it! My husband laughed when he saw the luggage tag!

    Oh, and thank you for the link to the apron pattern - this is a fabulous idea! :)

  3. Oh Karen your aprons are so adorable love them...the chicken one just screams farmhouse...
    Thanks for sharing the
    link..I can't print it
    out right now my computer is on it's last wire..but will
    bookmark it for a later time...besides
    my sewing machine is
    in storage..lol
    you done a wonderful
    Sweet Blessings...

  4. Hi Karen
    I received your email through SPFH. I replied, but not sure you received my email. Sometimes there is a problem sending a message. Thank you so much. You have brightened my day.

  5. Karen, I received my package today! I squealed and screached. What a wonderful gift for my Thanksgiving. Thank you SO much♥


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