Handmade starts here!

Learn to sew with our beginner friendly sewing patterns and curated fabric collection.

Made in New Zealand by Sophie Mutu

Our Bestselling Sewing Patterns

Summer Sewing Inspiration

“Absolutely love this dress! Such a beautiful classic style, comfy fit and best of all my daughter loves it! Her favourite part is of course the pockets”

— Mel Brit – Kauri Dress

Curated BTK Fabric Collection

Vintage linens, soft cottons, moody earthy hues, and bright and wonderful fabrics!

Quality fabric for you to create with.

25% off EVERYTHING! Use “25OFFeverything” in the checkout! Includes Fabric, PDF patterns, print service, buttons and labels etc! We’re clearing our shelves!

Honu Vest Quilted sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai

NEW Honu Vest – Classic & Quilted

Trendy, folksy, and fun layering piece for your child’s wardrobe.

Sew your own with our beginner friendly sewing pattern.

How to use our sewing patterns

Download or Order

Download and open the PDF sewing pattern on your computer. Your files will always be accessible when you’re logged in to our website!

Or, order a printed paper pattern directly from us!

Print your Pattern

Our sewing patterns are available in a range of formats:

  • A4/Letter to print at home
  • A0/Copy shop to send to your local printer
  • Specialty projector files for projector users
  • Or, have the printed pattern sent directly to your door

Check the pattern listing for format availability.

Cut and Sew!

The fun part!

Use our comprehensive instructions to sew your own garments.

Show them off in our VIP Community or tag us on Instagram!

Learn & be inspired!

FREE Ruffle Top Tutorial

Sew your own cute button up ruffle top!

A guide to gathering

A tutorial and guide for 4 different methods for gathering fabric!

Let’s connect

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This is an encouraging community to ask questions and share your own Below the Kōwhai makes!

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Includes a monthly pattern spotlight, sales and sew along’s, the best sewing tips and ideas.


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