Issue 157 February 2024



February – the shortest month, yet often regarded as the greyest and gloomiest. But I disagree, as all
around me there are signs of the changing season. Snowdrops bloom this month, the birds begin to pair off and establish their territories ready to raise their families, and in just a few short weeks the roadside verges and village gardens will be bright with daffodils – pools of sunshine that herald the warmer weather.

This month’s magazine celebrates the changing season with some pretty floral designs, including
perhaps my favourite, the Country Gardens Cushion Cover – though I do love the woodpecker pattern and enjoyed finding out more about this woodland bird which I hope you’ll find 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: