Issue 150 July 2023



July – the most summery of months is here and we can look forward to picnics and parties, trips to the beach and visits to stately homes and flowery gardens, weather permitting of course, this being England! I especially love to take my work in hand out into the garden where I am happy to sit and stitch for hours enjoying the sounds of birdsong and – if it’s a steaming day – the train whistle echoing down the line and the happy laughter of the children visiting the railway. The last project in this edition celebrates this enjoyment of the moment with a quote from Mother Teresa. There are several coastal themed projects included as well – I think my favourite might be the little Sailor Bear. We also take a look at the history of swimwear (corsets anyone?) find out how waste fabrics are recycled into chindi rugs and cook up some lovely seasonal recipes in the kitchen.

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.