Issue 143 December 2022



I think one of my favourite projects this month is the simple fabric gift bags, easy to make and much better for the environment than purchasing rolls of sparkly wrapping paper. Of course you could always fill a stocking instead, and we learn a little about the tradition of filling stockings at Christmas as well as taking a wider look at Christmas through the ages. We wonder whatever happened to the Christmas goose, and alert proud scissor-owners to the dangers awaiting them from present wrappers with sticky tape to sever or possibly even our printable gift tags to cut out over the festive season! There are some of our favourite recipes to enjoy as well as a look at the countryside around us and much more besides.

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.