Issue 148 May 2023



May, perhaps the loveliest of months here in England as the whole countryside seems to be covered in
blossom and our gardens are full of beautiful blooms. This May is a very special month too, as we celebrate our new King’s Coronation on the sixth. The Engineer is working on plans for a flagpole and patriotic bunting in the front garden, whilst I am planning to make the Coronation Quiche featured in our recipe section, and serve it with a lovely cup of tea (and perhaps some bubbly too) – a chance to use my new Coronation tea cosy as well.

This month isn’t just about the coronation though, we have another celebration here at Bustle & Sew HQ as the hens have begun to lay.  I hope you enjoy Poppy’s startled face when her first egg arrives pictured in the hoop design on page 19. I’ve been busy in my kitchen garden too, and have included embroidered designs inspired by vintage seed packets. These are both vegetables, but there will be a flower seed design in next month’s edition.

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.