Issue 156 January 2024



Another Christmas is behind us and we’re heading at what sometimes seems like the speed of light into the New Year. Outside the weather may be cold and grey – but in my garden there is still some colour.  The viburnum is starry with tiny ice cream-pink blossoms, glittering with frost on a rare cold but sunny day, whilst the feeders are the centre of activity as hungry birds cluster and await (whether patiently or not) their turn to feast on the seeds, nuts and other goodies the Engineer puts out for them every day.

There’s colour in this month’s magazine too as we greet the earliest signs of spring with the Snowdrops
hoop – after all they’ll be coming into bloom here in the mild south-west by the end of the month. And if
you’re snuggled up with a lovely new book – a Christmas present perhaps – then the little felt Library Fox could be the perfect make for you! There’s a felt bunny head, all snuggled up in his warm winter scarf, a pair of joyous magpies and much more besides to discover in this month’s magazine.

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: