Issue 152 September 2023



I love September. It’s still warm enough be outside and enjoy the last summer sunshine, golden
now, and hazy, the sun lower in the sky and the chickens put to bed a little earlier each night. The
hedgerows and trees, which for a few weeks now have just looked like dark green blobs, dusty and
tired, dress themselves in gorgeous autumnal colours of red and gold, orange and ochre.

We celebrate the arrival of autumn in this issue with two projects, the Autumn Bouquet hoop and
a pair of little autumn themed motifs. We also look ahead to Christmas with the second part of the
Christmas Garland Advent Calendar. In keeping with my aim of thrifty recycling and reusing we
have the tea towel project bag (yes really!) and the little Red Hen pin cushion that uses only the
tiniest scraps of felt and an old wooden reel to make a great gift idea – or why not keep for yourself?!

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.

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