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How to enlarge a pattern??? Answered

I have a pattern of a stuffed penguin that I want to make larger but I dont want to take it to kinko or staples. My printer will not let me make it any larger, How can I do this?


Try Rapid Resizer Online

It prints patterns to any size on your home printer. Automatically tiles across pages. No software to install. Works on PCs and Macs.


Cut the image into, say, 4 sections and copy each section into a new image.  Print each of the 4 new images as large as possible.  This will double the size of your pattern.  For three times as big, you need to have nine sections, for four times, sixteen.  Tape the printed sections together and cut out your pattern.

Thank you very much for your help.  Think I was so frustrated with my printer that I didn't think about cutting it down like that!!

If its a computer pattern, then find a utility that lets you TILE and print the image - on multiple pages. My ancient copy of coreldraw ! lets me do that - you can program the overlap between the tiles (pages). Glue together, cut pattern. Job done.

Newer copies of Acrobat will tile files for you too.


CorelDraw? That takes me back...


(to I don't know when)

Its really nice running a piece of code that does all you need from a software package, and is so old it runs like greased lightning on modern hardware - it used to take 30-45 seconds to start when we bought it, it now starts in under 0.5 secs !


Yes, I've used it (a long time ago), I've still got an ancient LView 16-bit and ditto WinZip...


Or: Draw grid over pattern, draw appropriately larger grid on other paper, and redraw it freehand by looking at the shape in each box and drawing equivalent shape. Ever if you "can't draw", this can be surprisingly effective with line art; I've used this approach to enlarge one piece from credit-card size to 8'.

Or: Use camera and slide film to take a picture of the pattern. Project it onto the new paper. Adjust projection distance to get the desired magnification. Then trace it, using the projection as a guide. I've used this approach to turn several photographs into sketches, which takes a bit more judgement than just tracing something that's already a set of lines.

Both would work, and I thought of one of them. Slide film is well over the top, but nice to mention.


Go to this site.  You an enlarge any photo or scan you have to almost any size you want and print on anysize paper.  If you print on 8.5 x 11 you put them together into one print.