Issue 144 January 2023



And so here we are again, with the first issue of 2023. The festive season is behind us now and, as the days grow slowly longer, we can begin to anticipate the arrival of spring, heralded at the end of this month, if the weather is mild, by the return of those bravest of flowers, snowdrops. We celebrate the snowdrop in our first pattern with a bowl full of these seemingly delicate, but actually hardy and robust blooms.

This issue brings the last instalment of “A Stitcher’s Alphabet” and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed researching and putting it together – watch out for the book (with lots of extra content) coming very soon indeed. We also enjoy some warming soups and traditional English puddings in our kitchen section and learn about choosing and using colour too – most welcome at this time of year when there’s very little colour to be seen outside our windows.

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.