(21 customer reviews)

Little Bow Pea


Prices are in Canadian Dollars
Instant download printable sewing pattern for sizes 6-12m to 14 youth.
A classic top from the front, with a beautiful surprise on the back!

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Skill Level: Confident Beginner. Video clips are included for several steps.

Recommended Fabric Types:

Any jersey knit fabric with at least 50% stretch will work for the body and sleeves of this garment. Lightweight fabrics are recommended for the bow to prevent it from drooping – woven fabrics can be used for the bow.

Design Features & Options:

  • Three sleeve lengths (short, elbow, long) plus sleeveless option
  • High or low back options
  • Regular OR relaxed fit option (snug or loosely fitted)
  • Beautiful curved hem
  • Optional removable bow with snaps

Tutorial Features:

  • Imperial and metric measurements throughout the tutorial
  • Size chart and finished measurements chart (VIEW SIZE CHART)
  • Fabric requirements chart (VIEW FABRIC REQUIREMENTS CHART)
  • Detailed printing instructions
  • Detailed pattern assembly instructions
  • Size blending instructions, for those whose chest and height fall into different sizes
  • Cut chart for rectangular pieces (pattern pieces also provided)
  • Detailed sewing instructions with illustrations

Pattern File Features:

  • Size layers – choose which sizes to print and save your ink
  • Prints on both letter and A4 sized paper
  • Pages can be assembled either by trimming your pages, or overlapping them (trimless method)
  • All important info provided on pattern pieces for easy reference (seam allowance, grain line, size labels, cutting instructions, pattern name, top and bottom for directional prints, etc.)
  • Optional band/bow rectangular pieces to print (cut dimensions also provided in tutorial)
  • An A0 file is provided for those who prefer to print at a copy shop on blueprint sized paper, with no page assembly required
  • A projector file is provided, for those who are set up with a projector calibrated for use in pattern tracing or cutting

NOTE: This pattern was formerly the Bowlittle by George and Ginger. The drafting is nearly identical for the original sizes 2T-14 (baby sizes 6-12m to 12-18m now added!!) in low back/regular fit. I have added relaxed fit and high back options. Those who purchased the original George and Ginger pattern can get a 40% discount on the new version – just find the last word on page 20 of the original tutorial, and enter the word in the discount code field at checkout – all in UPPERCASE letters, with no spaces. Please note, this code will not work if the pattern is already on sale.

Additional information

If you have questions about the pattern or need help, please feel free to email me at hello@gooberpeadesigns.com, or join my Facebook group below – many of the members can also help if I am not online right away. Please note, I do not offer phone support. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I sell items I make with this pattern? Yes! Purchasers are welcome to sell their finished products.

Can I share this pattern with a friend? No – purchase is for one copy only, please do not sell, share, or distribute this pattern.


21 reviews for Little Bow Pea

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I sewed this one before the update and my kiddo complained about the bow in her car seat. Making it removable negates that concern. I also made an oops when I cut and had to add a snap placket. It worked out and is one of her favourite shirts.

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  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Simply adorable and great fitting

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  5. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! I’ve made it twice for my twin granddaughters. I especially like the option of a large or small bow and the ability to change bows by using snaps.

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  6. Andrea Clausen (verified owner)

    I didn't add the bow, but I've used it a couple times

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  7. Karyn Russell (verified owner)

    Beautiful top for my daughter.

  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Easy pattern to follow, with beautiful results.

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  10. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I made the Little Bow Pea for my granddaughter, she loves it and it looks so cute on her. I'll be making her the sleeveless version this summer.

  11. Donna Sweet (verified owner)

    My granddaughters loved the tunic. Will definitely be making more ❤

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  13. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Lovely little top. The bow detail on the back looks great.

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  14. Anonymous (verified owner)

    very easy to follow instructions

  15. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Gorgeous Pattern. So easy to sew up and looks amazing! -RO

  16. Melinda Solomon (verified owner)

    Haven’t made yet

  17. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Very cute and an easy sew.

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  20. Laurie Levert (verified owner)

    I loved making it, my granddaughter loves wearing it - I made 5 in different fabrics.

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I love this one

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