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  • Awhi Coat sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
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  • Awhi Coat pdf sewing pattern
  • Awhi Coat pdf sewing pattern
  • Awhi Coat sewing pattern by Below the Kōwhai
  • Awhi Coat pdf sewing pattern
  • Awhi Coat pdf sewing pattern
  • Awhi Coat sewing pattern by Below the Kōwhai
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Awhi Coat

(34 customer reviews)

$18.00 NZD

Children’s sizes 1-10 (including 18m) *PDF Digital Download & Print Service*

An essential coat for boys and girls to play in.

With this sewing pattern and tutorial you will be able to create a fully lined coat with either a pointed or curved collar, or gusset style hood.

PDF Pattern
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home and instructions. A4/Letter, A0/Copy shop and specialty Projector formats.


The Awhi Coat is the perfect layer of warmth and style for your child, created for the comfort and fit of boys and girls.

The fit of the Awhi Coat allows for winter layers underneath and include an internal panel for extra warmth for chests and tummies.

This sewing pattern comes with a range of hood, collar and pocket options. The Awhi Coat has a professional finish with clean design lines that are simple and beautiful.

The tutorial guides you through a button loop closure (which means no button holes!) but the more experienced sewer can easily add their own preferred fastenings without any adjustment to the pattern.

The pattern and tutorial is suitable for an ambitious beginner or sewer of all experience levels. You will love the detailed tutorial that will guide you through creating this coat, including an exclusive video tutorial for creating the sleeves.

The word “awhi” (pronounced “ah-fee”) means “hug” in the Māori language. When you create this coat it will be like a warm cuddle for your child.

  • Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
  • Children’s sizes 1-10 (including newly added size 18m)
  • Gusset style hood
  • Pointed collar
  • Curved collar
  • Inseam pockets
  • Beautiful internal facing designed for warmth
  • Button loop closure (no button holes!)
  • Easy ability to add your own buttons or snaps without adjusting the pattern
  • Fully lined hood, body and sleeves
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this coat
  • PDF includes A4/Letter, A0/Copy Shop and Specialty Projector pattern
  • PDF includes layers in all formats so you can select to print only the required size
Sewing Level:

The Awhi Coat has been designed with ambitious beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and includes an exclusive video tutorial on turning the lined sleeves.

You’ll love the look of the internal front facing for the lining and the instructions for the pockets are detailed in each step. If sewing a coat makes you feel nervous, give it a go and enjoy your finished results!

The more advanced will appreciate the finishing touches, the turning of the sleeves method and the versatility of The Awhi Coat.

Fabric Suggestions:

This coat has been designed for winter and cold weather wear. For the outer, look for heavy weight fabrics including wool, melton cloth, upcycled blankets etc.

For the lining think light weight fabrics like cotton, poly cotton, voile etc.

Fit and Ease of the Awhi Coat:

The Awhi Coat has been designed for winter wear. It has a lot of ease through the chest allowing for tops or sweaters to be worn underneath.

The sleeves have been designed to roll up and a sleeve adjustment guide has been included on the pattern piece for a custom length sleeve.

When you are choosing what size to create, measure around the chest (around the body just under the underarms). Use the chest measurement to determine what size your child is.

This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the chest, and if required, lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed. More detailed size and finished measurement charts are included within the pattern.

Fabric and Fit Chart:


Additional Notions Required:
  • Coordinating sewing thread
  • 1 x button approximately 2cm wide (or as desired)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
What You Get When You Purchase:

This is a PDF digital download. When you purchase through PayPal you will be emailed the digital pattern and tutorial. Save these to your computer.

These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be and you can access it any time. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.

You can print the Awhi Coat pattern at home, local copy shop, or use your projector for paperless sewing!

The digital pattern is 27 pages long in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use. You may want to only print which pages you need for your different styles.

The A0/copy shop file is 2 pages.

Projector sewists can see our specialty features here.

You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees, or if you must print, print in colour.

What’s a PDF?

A digital document viewable in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.

Returns and Support:

I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own, because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer. Please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern!

In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.

Get Sewing!

So, what are you waiting for? Create your own beautiful Awhi Coat with this pattern and show off your creations!

This sewing pattern and tutorial is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewers and children around the world have tested this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your Awhi Coat!

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Additional information


A0/Copy shop Pattern, A4/Letter Pattern, PDF Pattern, Projector Pattern


Sewing Patterns


Childrens, Unisex


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34 reviews for Awhi Coat

  1. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    23/09/22 We updated our Awhi Coat listing and lost our reviews! The following reviews were recovered from their original posting::

  2. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Kathryn Denne (verified owner)19 October 2018

    Another classic but stylish Below the Kowhai pattern. I really wish my kids were 8 years younger so I would have many more years of creating with these patterns. I used this pattern to make a winter coat for my 12 yr old. I love the options and adaptations that are available. He is super skinny *(a size 8) but growing like a weed so I added length to it. He wanted a hood and lots of buttons. To add some interest I used the lining fabric on the outside of hood gusset and the outside fabric on inside. My boy describes it as a Narnia coat and is hoping for some snow so he can wear it(he’ll be waiting a while as its spring here. I’m planning to make one for a friends boy’s 2nd birthday with some fabric in my stash.

  3. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    rachelslimmon (verified owner) 19 October 2018

    A fabulously written coat pattern with a timeless shape that will last forever. A simple but satisfying sew where I definitely learnt some new techniques. I’ve already made 3 and my big kids can not wait for theres. Absolutely worth the sew and wait for the magical ‘turning in’ part. It’s amazing and wonderful. It felt so good 🙂

  4. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    jkbuggie (verified owner) 20 October 2018

    A very straight forward coat with simple lines and classic pea coat styling. The facing on the lining is a very nice touch that helps set this coat apart from others, leaving you feeling like you sewed up something quite smart. The drafting is well done and the pattern pieces lend themselves well to blending sizes and getting adventurous and hacking it into a truly unique one of a kind make. It is evident that care was taken when deciding on finished measurements to make this coat truly a unisex pattern.

  5. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    kristin_tracey (verified owner)20 October 2018

    Absolutely stunning. A beautiful wardrobe staple that is great for both boys and girls. My 10y.o loves that he can move, run and play with a ball, while still having a warm layer. Great step by step tutorial that really simplifies the process and that lining turning out trick is MAGIC! Recommend to everyone.

  6. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    marthamiddleton (verified owner)20 October 2018

    This is a wonderful, well-written pattern. It’s definitely worth the investment; I love that it is unisex and covers such a large size range! I’m looking forward to creating more beautiful coats! ♡ Thank-you for another wonderful pattern.

  7. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    atomixandie (verified owner)21 October 2018

    This is a gorgeous pattern, it’s well written and a timeless design. A very polished and professional look to the final coat and great for all children. Well worth the sew

  8. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    anna.jem.smith (verified owner) 27 October 2018

    Brilliant, easy to follow fully lined coat pattern! I’ve made one for my daughter and am currently working on one each for my son and godson. Easy for a beginner and if you ever get stuck, the Below the Kowhai FB community is fantastic at helping out. Absolutely loved sewing this up!

  9. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    playsnug (verified owner) 27 October 2018

    This pattern is a lovey introduction to coat making. With easy to follow instructions, you will sew your way to an adorable and comfy coat in no time!

  10. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    erin28casey (verified owner) 27 October 2018

    It’s LOVE… such an easy to follow tutorial and perfect for beginners. I can’t wait to make one for all my nieces and nephews!!! Love the professional finish…Another amazing pattern ❤️

  11. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    carliebenoit1327 October 2018

    Wonderful, classic design that is not typically found in children’s clothing! It has a great fit and well-written instructions. Highly recommend adding this pattern to your collection!

  12. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    sunnywellygirl27 October 2018

    Thank you for such a great pattern! I love the simple, but professional looking lines. The facing looks really smart, and the fit is great. I also like the generous hood. This is the type of pattern that you can really make your own!

  13. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    dightfamily (verified owner) 27 October 2018

    I’ve made a couple now and absolutely love this pattern! The instructions are so clear and simple to follow – the sleeve trick is amazing! My boys love their coats and are planning which fabric they want for their next ones! I can see myself using this pattern again and again as they grow. Everyone is amazed at these jackets and ask where my kids got them.

  14. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    flighty.girl (verified owner)29 October 2018

    Not sure if you are up to making a COAT? That’s what I thought, before this pattern! It really is easy to make something that looks super professional. Using a wool blanket from the second hand shop for the outer layer also meant that I could make my 4 Yr old a snuggly coat for very little cost. This pattern is definitely a favourite.

  15. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    nancy.sheridan (verified owner)30 October 2018

    I was amazed that I was able to make this coat. Looking at the pictures I didn’t think I had enough skills to make something that looks so neat and professional but I did it and it’s amazing!
    The tutorial and instructions are very well written and clear to follow that I didn’t make mistakes and the excitement and pride of seeing the finished garment was great as a sewer.
    I made a size 4 for my 3year-old who is between sizes and am wanting this to fit for next winter as well. I have attached toggles that can be moved to increase the chest width as she grows. She is loving wearing it on colder days and we are hopeful we’ll get in some snow trips next season in it. I used a knit blend fabric and fleece lining so that it is toasty warm, the next one I’m planning to use a cotton lining and a lighter exterior (still on the hunt) so that this can be a jacket for autumn and spring as well.
    This was a fun sew, and I found it difficult to stop because of how enjoyable each step was.
    If you’re looking for a pattern that will make a quality garment that can be handed down between children I think this is a good option, I know I will be making many more coats in years to come!

  16. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    kylie.rick (verified owner)25 April 2019

    Ahhhh my gosh I love it! I finished my first Awhi last night and it was so lovely to make. Once I had all the pieces cut out it was quick and easy (made in one afternoon/evening), with clear instructions and professional finishes. I especially love the facing in the front, it looks so good and I’m proud when people have looked inside and gasped!

  17. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    denise (verified owner)2 August 2019

    This is a great coat pattern, unisex, and a good fit. The instructions are clear and logical, a surprisingly easy sew, with variations included to personalize your garment. I used a medium weight corduroy and lined it with a pre-quilted satin type lining. ❤️

  18. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    windsorwoollies (verified owner) 4 August 2019

    Absolutely in love with this pattern – I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to making it up. Lovely clean lines and a really straightforward sew with the great instructions. And it includes nice little in-seam pockets. I recycled a woollen blanket which was just perfect for this pattern.

  19. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Sally Stevens 6 August 2019

    This is a gorgeous coat pattern which is great for both girls and boys. I love that is can be made with either a good or a collar. Very clear instructions ☺️

  20. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    June Vann (verified owner)8 August 2019

    I knew exactly the kind of coat I wanted to make for my turning-five-year-old granddaughter but a search among my own patterns failed to show up anything even close, that I could modify. I stumbled on the Awhi by chance and I’m so glad I did – it was precisely what I was looking for. The added bonus of multiple sizes, incredibly clear instructions, and pattern pieces that fit together perfectly, made this an all round winner for me. The amazing magic trick of pulling the lining through took my breath away – and I’ve been sewing for well over 40 years; it’s nice to learn new tricks! I had a couple of issues with my printing (NOT pattern generated, purely my PDF/printer interface) and Sophie was a gem, helping me work through it; you don’t get service like that from the big commercial pattern makers 😍 I’ll be making the Awhi again and again…and keeping my fingers crossed that there will be an adult version one day! In the meantime, I’ll get started on the Kauri dress and the womens and girls Mānuka skirts to while away the wait 😉

  21. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Steph Mason (verified owner) 15 February 2020

    This is such a beautifully written pattern for a beginner like me. It came together really easily, and my daughter loves it. I’m looking forward to making other sizes for my other kids now!

  22. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Erica Newman (verified owner) 16 May 2020

    This coat was an absolute joy to make. The pattern instructions were easy to follow and the style is just gorgeous. I know the recipient of the final make loves her new coat. Thank you for the fantastic pattern Below the Kōwhai xx

  23. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Penny Frost (verified owner)29 March 2021

    I loved making this little coat! Sophie, I’m so glad to find you…all your patterns look beautiful and are so practical for New Zealand life. I made the Awhi coat from the the softest navy blue cashmere wool scraps that have been sitting in my mums cupboard for many years. It is lined with red satin and is a little showstopper. I can’t bear to give this one away, so it is going into my ‘Moko Box’, a collection of things I have made for whoever of our three children has the first grandchild. And, although I have been sewing all my life, I have never learned how to turn a jacket like that, so thank you for teaching me something new.

  24. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Ali Radford (verified owner) 3 April 2021

    Simply beatiful pattern to sew. The possibilities are endless, with fabric and lining that you could use. As always with Below the Kowhai patterns the instructions are clear and practical. Thrilled with my first little coat – there will definately be more 🙂

  25. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Gina Troisi (verified owner) 15 May 2021

    Absolutely loved this pattern. First time making a coat, in seam pockets and turning out lined sleeves but it was super easy thanks to very clear instructions. Mr 5 is going to be super warm in his upcycled wool blanket coat.
    Can’t wait for summer to make a lightweight version. Thanks

  26. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Gina Troisi (verified owner) 15 May 2021

    Absolutely loved this pattern. First time making a coat, in seam pockets and turning out lined sleeves but it was super easy thanks to very clear instructions.

  27. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    toni_thatcher (verified owner) 15 May 2021

    Fantastic pattern, easy to follow instructions with a great result

  28. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Anoushka Szybowski (verified owner) 16 May 2021

    I loved making this coat. I sewed a size 2 for my little girl. The pattern is so accurate and everything lines up perfectly and the tutorial is clear and makes sewing this coat a real joy. The finishing was so neat I couldn’t believe I’d made it. Thank you Sophie for such a fabulous pattern I recommend your site to everyone.

  29. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Debbie Ranapia (verified owner) 16 May 2021

    I have just sewed my very first piece of clothing ever! The awhi coat is beautifully designed, with clever variations to add a hood or collar. I found the tutorial very helpful, especially being a beginner sewer, with clear photos and helpful tips. I also love being apart of the btk community, getting inspiration by seeing what other people are sewing. I look forward to furthering my sewing skills by making more of btk patterns in the future…thanks!

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    hltotman (verified owner) 16 May 2021

    I have just made my first Awhi coat. The pattern is very well written, like you are are being guided through every step with helpful tips and options along the way, would be totally suitable for a beginner. I made the hooded version, using thrifted materials – wool blanket and flannel sheet and love how it turned out. My daughter measured exactly a size 7 (which is also her RTW size) and the sizing is perfect! Thanks for another beautiful written pattern!!

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    Brooke Pye (verified owner) 18 May 2021

    This pattern is amazing. I made it as a rain coat and it is lovely. My daughter is 4 but 111cms and the size 6 is perfect with room for layers underneath and a bit of growing. Next up is to make a wool coat out of a wool blanket :).

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    Britta Gandy (verified owner) 12 June 2021

    Great pattern for beginner sewers to make their own outerwear! I made mine with softshell and cotton lining, and it came out so professional looking.

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    Aimee Grat (verified owner) 24 January 2022

    I had SUCH FUN making this. As usual, Sophie’s patterns are next level in terms of professional finish particularly. I’m a new sewer (1 year) and managed fine. The best part (as many have mentioned) was the magical turn-through at the end. It’s mind-blowing and just adorable.

    I’d like to try making it again and see if I can do a fully reversible version. Because seams are entirely enclosed, it should be possible… anyway. Easy 5 stars.

  34. Sophie – Below the Kōwhai

    Michelle Smith (verified owner) 24 June 2022

    I was scared of this pattern. I thought a coat would be really hard and put it off for ages. But I can’t recommend it enough. Easy to follow instructions, quick to come together and looks amazing. I’ve already made three out of old blankets and will be making more!

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