Issue 146 March 2023



Though the snowdrops have been in bloom for a couple of weeks now and, as I write this in the last week of February, there are already daffodils to be seen flowering in more sheltered places than ours, spring is definitely on her way, and March heralds her arrival “proper”. We pass the equinox this month, and so there can be no return to those long dark winter nights, though there may well still be some cold weather still to come. Like me, gardeners everywhere are impatient to begin the new growing season, but up here on the chilly Mendips at least, I need to restrain myself for another two or three weeks yet. Still, I will have lots to keep me busy as my long-awaited chickens will be arriving this month. There are two lovely feathered ladies to stitch in this issue, as well as a pair of my favourite garden birds – those cheeky, irreverent sparrows! There are bunnies too in anticipation of Easter, and some lovely new recipes to enjoy in our kitchen section.

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.