Issue 153 October 2023



October is a mellow month of crisp autumn days, misty mornings and putting the chickens to bed early as the evenings draw in. A month spiced with the glorious colours of the season, as the trees lose their dusty summer greens and deck themselves in russets, golds and ochres, while the hedgerows are jewelled with hips, haws and the wonderful scarlet berries of the wild honeysuckle. Christmas is on the horizon, and before then we enjoy the festivities of Halloween, Bonfire Night and (if you’re in the US) Thanksgiving so there’s plenty to look forward to!

Those golden summer days just a memory now as we turn our faces towards the colder seasons, and the celebrations ahead – Halloween, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving (if you’re in the US) and then, the best of all – Christmas!

These are super-busy times for makers and so this month we have  some ideas for decorations – I especially love the Liberty Print Angels – why not substitute a fabric that has  special memories for you – cut from an old garment perhaps?   The Orchard Pears are great for embroidering onto ready made items and could be used to embellish a variety of gifts, whilst the Witch’s Kitten Hoop is a great easy stitch for Halloween.

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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