Issue 135 April 2022



It’s April – time for spring sunshine and April showers! The phrase “April showers” is believed to have its origins in an old English proverb dating back to the late eighteenth century. Surprisingly though there are likely to be plenty of showers, April is often one of our driest months with plenty of warm spring sunshine to enjoy. This is one of my favourite times to enjoy the garden – the magnolia is in full bloom, whilst the bees are buzzing around the horse chestnut candles. All around everything is bursting with life and growth – and it will soon be time to start cutting the lawn again!

We celebrate spring between the covers of this edition with bunnies, chickens, eggs and more. We also take a moment to reflect upon the current situation in Ukraine with our peace banner – and hope that peace will soon return to that war torn region. And, a happier, though still topical project – there’s a little corgi pup softie in celebration of our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee later this year.

The Bustle & Sew Magazine is the work of just one woman, Helen Grimes, the founder of and creative force behind the Bustle & Sew bunny. So if you’re expecting a glossy high-street, high-budget publication, stuffed with adverts and promotions, then this probably isn’t the magazine for you. But if you’re looking for quirky, unusual and fun sewing projects, all with Helen’s unique style, and enjoy filling your home with beautiful ideas, then you’re sure to love the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

Don’t forget, you are free to sell items you personally have made from Bustle & Sew patterns. All the templates are included at full size, so there’s no awkward re-sizing – no fiddling around with photocopiers or hanging around at printing shops – you can start creating straight away! I don’t mind if you personally want to make items to sell from my patterns, but you are not licensed to go into mass production.

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