Issue 145 February 2023



This year there is definitely truth in the traditional saying “as the days lengthen, the cold strengthens.”
Even though the days are noticeably longer now, the nights are cold, and the wood burner is doing sterling work keeping us all warm through the days. There’s plenty of sunshine though which makes everywhere seem so cheerful and definite signs of springs as daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops are all beginning to push their way through the semi-frozen soil, promising beautiful blooms to come.

When I was typing up the contents page of this issue I realised how much I am looking forward to the
arrival of spring, though these last days of the winter bring the pleasures of Valentine’s Day and Shrove
Tuesday too – Rosie has never forgotten the year a rather enthusiastically tossed pancake did actually
hit the ceiling, and though it didn’t stick, the mark it left behind was there for quite some time! There are
pancakes in this issue too, and lots more besides, including a project I’ve been planning for a while now, the nursery alphabet pennant, as well as a couple of Valentine-themed designs and some tips on working extra-good French knots!

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.