Issue 159 April 2024



There’s something so cheerful and optimistic about this time of year. No matter how cold and grey it may still be outside, still there’s blossom, fresh green leaves, birdsong in the trees and the feeling that warmer days are just around the corner. The chickens are definitely enjoying the longer days and little Flora, one of our new girls has just laid her very first (very small) egg!

Easter was in March of course, so we don’t have any eggs in this month’s magazine, but we do have
lots of other goodies for you to enjoy. There’s a trip to the Kitchen Garden, a glimpse into the history of
cross stitch (I would need thousands of pages I think to do real justice to this universally loved stitch). We also have some delicious new recipes to try and much more besides.

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.

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