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Tie One On Day

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By Erin Sheehan | Dec 10, 2013

This winter I’m committed to learning how to sew. I have my mother-in-law’s sewing machine. Most of my sewing projects are trial and error, but I’m always looking for excuses to open up the machine and take a stab at putting something together. A recent GRIT Magazine article highlighting “Tie One On Day” piqued my interest.

Participants in Tie One On Day make an apron and a baked good, package them together with an uplifting note, and then present it to a neighbor or friend who can use a lift. What a great idea! For me it was a chance to practice sewing, and to use some of our homegrown bounty.

First I tackled the apron. I searched online to find a simple apron pattern, and found a few that I thought might work. I decided to try the one that looked the easiest.

I have a nice stash of material from my mom, who is an accomplished seamstress. I found two pieces of material that I thought went well together and tackled the project.

As with all my sewing projects, this was a learning experience. I found out that to do a zig-zag I need a special plate for the machine, and I was too intimidated to try to change it out. So I slightly modified the pattern. I am happy with how it came out, though.

The night before the official Tie One On Day, I made a loaf of pumpkin bread using neck pumpkin from the garden. I sent the finished package off with a note to a co-worker of my husband. She and her husband lost a beloved pet last month, and having gone through that myself recently, I know how painful it can be.

I’m so thankful to GRIT for bringing my attention to this rewarding project. I learned a bit about sewing, spent time baking (always a pleasure) and brightened someone’s day.

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