Issue 160 May 2024



And here we are in the very merry month of May. The trees are a bright vivid green, the lilac is in bloom
and, best of all, the swallows have returned to our village. I love to watch them overhead in the summer
months, swooping and gliding in search of insects, and especially enjoy the babies’ wobbly first flights,
though it doesn’t take much practice before they are as accomplished aeronauts as their parents!

We don’t have any swallows in this month’s magazine, but we are certainly enjoying the great outdoors, an in particular the garden with a number of projects and articles celebrating gardening – a favourite pastime of so many of us. I think one of my favourite discoveries however, whilst researching the magazine, was that an embroidered cushion formed a vital piece of evidence in a trial for high treason. And to think, embroidery was considered to be a harmless pastime!

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: