Fox in a Frock and my Easter sale

by Helen on April 6, 2014

I do enjoy making softies, which means that there’s a softie pattern in almost every issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine (I have to limit myself to just one!).  I’m busy working on the May issue now, and as an antidote to all those Easter bunnies and chicks (lovely though they are) I thought I’d create a fox.  But not your ordinary, everyday sort of fox – oh no – my little lady is a fox in a frock!

I had so much fun making her – and my overlocker came in very handy for gathering the skirt of her frock – though it’s easy to do with long machine stitching of course – I just enjoy playing with my new toy!  I’ve given her nice stripey laces on her black boots and embroidered dainty flowers on her little felt collar.  She’s actually quite a large softie for me – though very slender – measuring around 15″ tall.  Her arms and legs are jointed with strong thread and buttons so move quite freely…

Here she is nonchalantly perched on the edge of my ribbons box, casually swinging one elegantly booted paw!  You’ll find her pattern in the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – once all those spring lambs are safely out of the way!  But at the moment we’re still eagerly anticipating Easter – though chocolate is likely to be severely limited here at Coombe Leigh as wedding day diets are underway! So as a different sort of treat, I’m having a egg-stremely good (groan!) good sale here at Bustle & Sew …..

There’s 40% off everything in my store (except magazine subscriptions) until Easter, so if you were thinking of stocking up on a few projects for some holiday stitching, now is a great time to shop.  Just CLICK HERE to visit the Bustle & Sew store and don’t forget to enter code “EASTERBUNNY” at checkout to receive your egg-stra special discount. xx



Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish you a very happy, healthy and MERRY Christmas!! Here at Bustle & Sew we’re super-excited as it’s Daisy’s first Christmas and she has no idea what to expect – though she’s sure she’s going to LOVE it!!  

The excitement is building ……. have they been good …. will Santa Paws visit them tonight?!?!

I know Christmas is often full of the hustle & bustle of family and friends –  of visiting and being visited – but just in case you have a few moments for some peaceful stitching over the holidays, I’ve decided to start my sale early…  

Just click here to visit my store and enter code MERRYXMAS at checkout to receive a generous 50% discount off all purchases (except magazine subscriptions).



Bustle & Sew Magazine – August Issue

by Helen on July 19, 2013

I’ve just put the final touches to the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine and I thought you might like to see the preview:

Inside you’ll discover six new Bustle & Sew patterns, as well as features, articles, recipes and more!  Here’s this month’s patterns in closeup…

August 2013 Bustle & Sew Magazine

 They’re all designed to be easy to pick up and take outside for some open-air stitching!  If you’re not a subscriber and would like to try my magazine, then please don’t delay as I will be ending my $1 trial offer when the August issue comes out next Thursday.  I meant to end it some time ago, but was persuaded to keep it a while longer – but now it really must come to a close.  If you subscribe before next Thursday you will receive the current issue (July) immediately and then the August issue on Thursday 25th.  That means you’ll get all the patterns above as well as the ones below for just $1!!  How much of a bargain is that!!

Bustle & Sew Magazine

 But that’s not all – you’ll also receive a copy of my e-book “The Stitcher’s Companion” as well as a special subscribers-only discount code entitling you to 50% off all purchases from Bustle & Sew – forever!


 That’s $80-worth of Bustle & Sew products for just $1 – and unlimited use of your discount code too!  But this offer will end on Thursday.  So if you have been considering subscribing, then please don’t delay – I’d hate you to miss out.  

Just CLICK HERE to visit my magazine page to learn more and subscribe. 


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Keep Cool and think of Christmas!

by Helen on July 14, 2013

As the temperature soars outside, there’s a great way to keep cool ……

Keep Cool and think of Christmas!

 Plan your Christmas stitching!  Free newsletter readers will receive a 25% discount on all purchases from my website (except magazine subscriptions) for the next week.  This includes my Christmas e-book “Handstitched Christmas”  – a collection of 15 favourite Bustle & Sew Christmas designs from the past three years.

If you’re not a newsletter reader then you can join using the box at the end of this post – it’s absolutely free and I promise I never share your details with anyone else.  

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