Issue 151 August 2023



The summer is well advanced now and the landscape around us is beginning to change colour once more from the fresh vivid greens of spring and early summer to the deep green and almost dusty foliage of the trees and hedgerows and golden corn in the fields. The harvest is upon us now and we can hear the combine harvesters working in the fields until late at night if rain is forecast.

For those of us who love stitching and sewing perhaps the earliest sign of the changing season is the arrival of the first of this year’s Christmas designs. There are two in this month’s magazine – or should I say one and a half?! I always think changing around my cushions is a great way to add some extra Christmas sparkle to my room and so we have “Alfie’s Christmas Cushion” as well as the first part of a new Advent Calendar (part 2 will be included in issue 152).

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. Although stitching is very much at the heart of each edition, 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 ours 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.