Issue 149 June 2023



Summer is here at last and now, with any luck, we can look forward to warm days and balmy evenings, open air concerts (Glastonbury this month – the festival site is close enough for us to be able to hear the music from our garden – if the wind is in the right direction that is), trips to the seaside, barbecues, holidays not to far off and time spent in the garden stitching.

June is the most magical month, a symphony of froth and floss, blossom and bloom, strawberries and cream, as the evenings draw out until it hardly seems to grow dark at all around the time of the solstice on the twenty-first. This month’s magazine has some lovely summery projects for you – think daisies, hollyhocks and alliums, as well as features on the rose, the art of spinning and great recipes to use all those lovely juicy strawberries that come into season this month.

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.