The Mānuka Skirt

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 31 customer ratings
(31 customer reviews)

$16.00 NZD

Childrens sizes 1-10 *PDF Digital Download*

The Mānuka Skirt is a staple for any girl’s wardrobe. It is a diverse and interchangeable sewing pattern for wearing in all seasons.

With this pattern you will be able to create 6 different well-fitting skirts. The easy to follow instructions mean any level of sewing experience will find each version a joy to sew!

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With a faux button band (that’s right, no button holes!), patch pockets, in-seam pockets and waistband pockets, you can create a whole new look with each skirt you sew. The elastic in the back will grow with the child and the many sizes means you have a pattern to use for years to come.

New to pockets? Fear not! This tutorial also takes you step by step through the process to create 3 different pockets your little person will be so excited about!

Make this skirt out of a light cotton for summer, or a heavier fabric for winter and wear this skirt all year round.

The Mānuka Skirt pattern and its finishing touches will have you creating a garment that boasts handmade of such a high quality! Regardless of your sewing skills (beginner or advanced), you will up-skill and learn some new techniques along the way.

  • Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
  • New exclusive video tutorial
  • Children’s sizes 1-10
  • Gathered skirt
  • In-Seam pockets
  • Waistband pockets
  • Patch pockets
  • Faux button band
  • Flat front and elastic back
  • Fully lined waist band
  • Enclosed waist band seams
  • Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this skirt
  • Newly added A0 copy shop files
  • Optional cutting table of pattern pieces
Sewing Level:

Beginners will love the comprehensive instructions and easy to follow pattern. The more advanced will delight in the clean professional lines of the design and the well fitting pattern.

You’ll love the look of buttons without the work. The instructions for the pockets are detailed in each step along with photos to guide you through the process. If pockets make you nervous, give them a go and enjoy your finished results!

Whatever your stage of sewing, I know you will love the versatility of The Mānuka Skirt in your arsenal of patterns.

Fabric Suggestions:

Choose light to medium weight fabrics that can be easily pressed, this will ensure a nice enclosed waist band.

For summer think: Cottons, voile, lawn, linen and linen blends, chambray and light denims (there are so many great denims available now!), and anything similar that catches your eye!

For winter think: Quilting or upholstery weight cottons, corduroy, velvet, drill, and anything similar that catches your eye!

Fit and Ease of Garment:

The Mānuka Skirt has been created with little puku’s (tummys) in mind! The flat front sits nicely over the belly, and the elastic back keeps it taught, but also grows with the child!

When you are choosing what size to create, measure around the waist (the narrowest part of the torso). Use the waist 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 waist, and if required, lengthen or shorten the skirt as needed.

Fabric and Fit Chart:

Additional Notions Required:
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Elastic 2-2.5cm in width (length supplied in chart)
  • Safety Pin (for threading elastic)
  • 3-5 x buttons if required (approximately 2cm wide)
What You Get When You Purchase:

This is a PDF digital download for The Mānuka Skirt.

When you purchase through PayPal you will be emailed the digital pattern and tutorial. Save these to your computer.

Furthermore, when you are logged into the website you can also find the files in “My Downloads”. 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 choose to print The Mānuka Skirt pattern at home or at your local copy shop:

At home: The digital pattern is 12 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.

At copy shop: You can email The Mānuka Skirt pattern to your local copy shop printer, or save it on a flash drive and take it to them to print. This has been formatted in an A0 size and has all of the pattern pieces you need.

You will 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!

What’s a PDF?

A digital document viewable in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can save, view and print these documents on your computer or device and unlimited amount of times.

Returns and Support

Because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer, returns are not available unless at some fault of my own. So, 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.

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31 reviews for The Mānuka Skirt

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Naomi Hilliam (verified owner)

    Loved this pattern so much. The instructions are really clear and easy to follow and the finished skirt looks so professional. I had never sewn pockets before, and this pattern made it so simple! Will definitely be sewing up more of this!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Chiles (verified owner)

    A quick and deceptively simple sew! I love the different pocket options and the elasticated back – it means that my daughter can get plenty of wear out of each skirt. Each seam is finished neatly with a zig-zag option for those of us without overlockers/sergers. Thanks for the great pattern Sophie!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    nsilverio87 (verified owner)

    I found this page by accident on instagram and loved the asthetic of the images and the designs. I was excited to try the skirt as I have a thing for putting 3 buttons on everything. It is such a nice sew. It looks tidy inside, sizing is great, and it’s a versatile style. Instructions are clear and informative. I love it so much I am going to make it for my little handmade store in the UK.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Denne (verified owner)

    Made one of these this afternoon in about 2hrs from start to finish. Great to be able to finish it in one sitting. Instructions are really clear and I like the elastic only at the back style. Plenty of fullness for dancing.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura Hooton (verified owner)

    Love how quickly this came together! Makes me want to make a whole lot of them! I especially love the faux button placket to show off cute buttons without the headache of using the buttonhole foot on my machine! instructions are clear with photos to produce a lovely piece of clothing thats sure to be a staple in your girls wardrobe.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    brandon.elliott (verified owner)

    Really love this little skirt pattern. Comes together so well – very clear instructions and the finished result is just gorgeous.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    tui.maybury (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern that’s easy to follow and produces a beautiful, professional looking skirt. My daughter loves it!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    kristiemonbaker (verified owner)

    Such a gorgeous pattern! Comes together beautifully and sizing is spot on. I’ve made the in seam pockets, but I love all of the different pocket options, and can’t wait to make all of them! 🙂 Thank you!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    illicium (verified owner)

    So gorgeous! I whipped up a size 10 Manuka skirt this morning for a last minute birthday present. It was such a lovely and quick pattern to sew!!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    illicium (verified owner)

    So sweet! I whipped up a size 10 Manuka skirt this morning for a last minute birthday present. It was such a lovely and quick pattern to sew!!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    jmvanderstar (verified owner)

    Great little pattern that sews up beautifully and in no time at all

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    flighty.girl (verified owner)

    Easy to make but comes out looking so tidy and professional. I like that you can make it simple or add extra detail with pockets and buttons

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendysymmans (verified owner)

    I’ve lost count of how many Manuka skirts I’ve made. I especially love that it’s suitable for all seasons; depending on which fabric you use. It’s a quick sew but always looks so good.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    aeseymour21 (verified owner)

    A wonderful, easy to follow, quick pattern with great variation options. My new ‘go-to’ skirt pattern 🙂

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    shona.riddell (verified owner)

    This was my first-ever sewing pattern and I’m really happy with how it turned out! The instructions are super-clear and the video tutorial really helped me too. My 5yo is so happy with her stylish new skirt! It’s really helped to build my confidence and I will definitely be sewing more Below the Kōwhai patterns 🙂

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    kriscollins (verified owner)

    A delightful easy to follow pattern. That results in a beautiful skirt for all seasons.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    kriscollins (verified owner)

    A delightful easy to follow pattern, that results in a beautiful skirt for all seasons.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    dawnieburgess (verified owner)

    Wow! What a brilliant introduction for me for my first time following a pattern and instructions!! So easy to follow and create a stunning professional looking skirt for my 8 year old daughter. I’m so pleased I purchased it. Will definitely re-use in the future. Thanks!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    bec.85 (verified owner)

    Absolutely love this pattern and have made so many skirts since buying it. Such clear and easy to follow instructions. The skirt sews up quickly with such professional finish. I love the different pocket options. The sizing fits really well and I like the elastic back, making it a great long lasting fitting skirt. would highly recommend.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    liz.spencer (verified owner)

    Lovely pattern with clear comprehensive instructions & plenty of options for creating lots of different skirts. The pattern is beginner friendly & I am really pleased with my finished skirt

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    trishwagstaff (verified owner)

    The manuka skirt was a breeze to put together. Love these patterns!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    helenjamesnz (verified owner)

    Oh my gosh I love this so much! If you have girls up to size 10 and access to a sewing machine this is an essential! So many options & a great confidence booster for a beginner like me!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    denise (verified owner)

    I purchased the Manuka skirt pattern and love it. Great instructions, easy step by step instructions with photos. It is such a quick and easy sew, with a professional finish and it is easy to customize it to achieve the look you want.. Highly recommended by me and my 4 granddaughters.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    kylie.rick (verified owner)

    I adore this pattern! It’s so much more than the simple elastic waist skirts I’ve made in the past, it looks so professional, but is still a breeze to follow and sew!! I’ll be making many more!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    solangeroulet5 (verified owner)

    I Love this skirt pattern. The flat front band sits so nicely, and the optional faux button band is a lovely feature. A great tutorial accompanies the pattern, so it’s easy to follow. I so recommend it, I can’t wait to make more.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    kelseywarne1305 (verified owner)

    Of the ten or so skirt patterns I own and make for my small handmade store this is by far my new favourite! The pattern is written so well it’s clear and informative and I especially love all the photos throughout for inspiration. I sewed this in a beautiful linen and the way it falls and sits is stunning! I purchased the Tui pinafore as well and can’t wait to sew that up now that I know how wonderful these patterns are.
    Thank you so much! 😀

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    barryandjoyce (verified owner)

    I have just finished 3 of these skirts – sizes 6, 8 and 9 – and did not have one drama with any of them. I haven’t been sewing for many years and was a bit nervous about the waistband, having had difficulties with other skirt patterns in this regard before. No worries! Every single one of them turned out perfectly. They look so professional and the instructions are great. By the time I got to the last one I was zipping through! Love it…..

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    pennyandlimebaby (verified owner)

    This is such a cute skirt perfect for little girls who want to go and explore! My daughter was very excited by the pockets and I know I’ll make her many more in the future.
    The Mānuka is so fun as there are so many options (different pockets, faux button placket or not?) and you can keep it as simple or as elaborate as you want. I chose a contrasting fabric for the pockets and button placket and I think I might add some lace detail to the button placket next time. Great pattern, easy to follow and well explained, five stars!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    windsorwoollies (verified owner)

    Such a versatile skirt that is so easy to add your own little touches to with the included options. Great instructions make this a quick and satisfying sew. Looking forward to making many more.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    laurenparsons (verified owner)

    I loved sewing up this skirt with the easy to follow directions complete with pictures and a link to a video- I plan to make many more with the numerous variations the possiblities seem endless!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    gswood (verified owner)

    I have just finished my first Manuka skirt after completing the week long SAL. The pattern and instructions are clear and easy to use and I hope to make more skirts with this pattern.

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