Issue 147 April 2023



Spring has now most definitely sprung(!) and though the weather here on Somerset’s Mendip Hills has been grey and wet, there are daffodils everywhere, like splashes of golden sunshine scattered across the grass. Everything seems to be holding its breath waiting for a few days of warm sunshine when I think there will be an explosion of fresh green leaves with blossom scattered like confetti along the hedgerows. Until then, there’s plenty of spring sunshine to be found between the pages of this month’s issue.

As well as the bowl of tulips, the third in my series of Spring Blooms, we have gorgeous geese with crowns of blossom, the cutest little spring hare and some pretty Easter printables to decorate your homes. There are delicious recipes – the Key Lime Pie is a favourite in our family and very quick and easy to make too, a little look at that herald of spring, the cuckoo 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.