Issue 155 December 2023



And just like that we’ve reached the end of the year and it’s Christmas! I can hardly believe it – and I’m definitely not festivity-ready just yet! There’s lots to help me prepare in this month’s issue though, including the final Christmas projects of the season, some recipe ideas and hints and tips to make sure the terrible trio (Rufus, Ted and Alfie) and indeed all pets stay safe over the holidays.

The Christmas projects include a little felt reindeer decoration (page 18), another for Rosie’s collection. It’s become a bit of a tradition between us that every year I make her a new decoration for her tree. I gave her the first in 2016 to mark Freddie’s first Christmas (he was born on Boxing Day 2015 so had a long wait for his first) and have continued ever since.

And when you have a moment, there are articles to enjoy as well – my favourite to research was definitely Mrs Delaney who must have been a remarkable woman, and I hope you find reading about her interesting too.

The Bustle & Sew Magazine is the work of just one woman, me(!) 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 my 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, I 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.

Just click on the image below for a peep between the covers: