Issue 142 November 2022



The excitement is building here at Bustle & Sew HQ as the autumn progresses – Bonfire Night is only a
few days away, with fireworks, hot dogs and toasted marshmallows. Both my little grandson Freddie
and his Grandad enjoy a good “burn-up” as they call it and the pile of flammable garden rubbish at the
end of our plot is growing rapidly! We will be sure to check for hedgehogs and any other wildlife that may be hiding within before we light it though.

Then, early in December comes our annual family outing to our local Christmas Tree Farm (it’s so local you can see it from our upstairs windows) to choose the nicest, bushiest trees to decorate our homes during the festive season. There are decorations to make in this month’s issue too – a reindeer, a robin, and a pair of Christmas Gnomes, as well as a couple of more autumnal projects that would make lovely gifts at Christmas!

In the kitchen we enjoy some hearty warming dishes, read about the traditions behind Stir Up Sunday
and more besides, whilst we travel across the globe and through time to bring you the story of felt, possibly the world’s oldest fabric and trace the silk road across Asia to look at the history of this loveliest of textiles.

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. We also include lots of other articles and features – seasonal recipes, craft ideas, poetry corner and much more besides, all celebrating life here in the English countryside that combine to make this a totally unique publication!

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.