The Honu Vest – Quilted is a trendy, folksy, and fun layer of warmth for your child!
The Honu Vest – Quilted not only includes easy-to-follow instructions, but it also features a quilting guide that’s perfect for anyone who is new to quilting. With this pattern and tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a beautiful quilted vest that is both stylish and functional.
Follow along with our written, photographed, and full video tutorials!
Our quilting guide includes step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow, making it perfect for anyone who is new to quilting. You’ll learn how to quilt without the full blanket commitment!
This sewing pattern is designed for the front to meet in the centre using a hook and eye closure.
Variations include a selection of cornered or curved lines, short and long length, and straight or curved hems so you can really create your own style to suit!
Honu is the Māori name for turtle. Some species can be found in New Zealand’s Northern waters. Pronounce honu like “hoh-new” in English.
- Instant PDF digital download
- Children’s sizes 1-10 / Tween 8-14
- Short (cropped) and long lengths
- Cornered and curved front variations
- Straight and curved back hem
- Front patch pockets (suitable for long length variation)
- Quilting Guide with instructions and inspiration
- PDF Includes: A4 / Letter format to print at home, A0 copy shop version, and specialty Projector File
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this Children’s Vest
- Full Video Tutorial included
Confident Beginners +
This garment is for all seasons, but is especially suited to:
Main Fabric: Medium weight quilting cotton, linen, drill, canvas, furnishing fabrics etc.
Wadding/Batting: Blended wadding eg. polyester/cotton, wool/cotton. Look for “low” (suggested) or “medium” loft. Order our BTK supplied wadding for your convenience!
Lining Fabric: Medium weight quilting cotton, linen etc.
Fit and Fabric:
This pattern has been created using Standard UK Measurements. The sizing 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.
The finished garment will fit a child’s neck, shoulders and arms with the garment landing at waist (short version), or mid-bum (long version).
Additional Notions Required:
- Closure: Hook and eye / button
Bias Binding (self or pre-made) 50mm (2”) wide x length. This has been included as a pattern piece.
Straight ruler or guide to mark quilting lines (can be a quilting ruler, cereal box, etc)
Embroidery pen or chalk to mark quilting lines
Safety pins or pins
Co-ordinating Sewing thread for main and lining.
Scissors, pins, needle.
Optional: Walking foot
What You Get When You Purchase:
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home, A0 copy shop pattern, specialty projector file, and instructions.
Downloads are also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in.
What’s a PDF?
A digital document viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free here). You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.
Returns and Support:
This is a digital product that can be saved to your computer. Therefore, I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own. Please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern, and you have used a correct email address!
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.
So, what are you waiting for? Create your own Honu Vest – Quilted with this pattern and tutorial and show off your creations!
This sewing pattern is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewists and children around the world have tested this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook VIP Community to show us a photo of your finished Honu Vest!
Amy Field –
Love this pattern! A quilted vest is such an essential item, this is a pattern I will use over and over again. Great instructions, with neat and tidy finishes
I really enjoyed making this vest. It was a nice easy introduction to quilting which despite my years of sewing was something I hadn’t done before. The instructions are comprehensive, fit was good and it will be very versatile. I will be doing more
Alyssa Viggers –
This pattern is a joy to make! It was my first time quilting and the sew guide is so detailed and helpful for a first-timer! The finished piece is so cute and my little loves the pocket option!!
Martina Blanco –
Oh, I sooo love this pattern! It was my first time quilting and the instructions were so clear and easy to follow. The result is a beautiful vest that my daughter adores wearing ❤️
Vicki Reid –
absolutely love this pattern, I really enjoy making quilted garments for myself so I am SO glad i can finally make things for my 2 children too, super cute design and great scrap buster!
Sophie McLagan –
This was my first time ever quilting. To be honest I was wasn’t confident I was up to the quilted Honu vest. But the step by step instructions were super clear and I’m so proud of how it turned out. I made my own bias which was another first and easy enough with the provided instructions. The quilting is a great alternative to a woollen blanket vest which she refuses to wear due to the feel.
This was my first time quilting for a garment. Instructions are great and I love the added quilting option suggestions.
My favourite part was choosing a lining that would be great as a reversible option. So now we have 2 vests in 1. Can’t wait to make more…..now to find the time
Naomi Radunovic (verified owner) –
I adpre how this little vest turned out. The gorgeous finishings are typical BTK style and it makes for such a lovely little vest. Can’t wait to make many more!
Sharaine Talip –
I loved creating the new Honu quilted vest! It is the perfect project for an adventurous beginner who wants to try quilting a small project for the first time. My favourite part of the Honu quilted vest is how many different options there are for adapting the pattern for a folksy look or a more structured utilitarian outfit. Thank you again Sophie!
sarah grant (verified owner) –
Just made my first ever quilted garment! I used mattress protector for the batting, and just used my regular sewing machine foot. The quilting guide held my hand all the way through and made the whole process not intimidating or overwhelming. I love the tidy finishes to the inside – the whole vest looks beautiful all over. Sure, there are imperfections because I’ll need more practice, but I’m happy with it!