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    Ok not sure exactly where this should go. I found a pattern that I want to do but enlarge it. I know I could use a projector to put it on a piece of plywood and draw it but I don't have one. I want to enlarge something for the wife as a surprise but don't know how. One pattern is a black Halloween cat and the other is a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon so she can display it in the yard and I no idea how to do it. Can someone point me in the right direction?

  • #2
    I don't know where you can go to get a pattern enlarged to yard decoration size, but I remember when I was a kid, we had an art project where we had to take a small drawing and make it poster sized. We did it by tracing the picture onto graph paper. Then we marked out a graph with much larger squares on the poster. Then it was fairly easy to draw the picture larger using the squares as a guide.


    • #3

      Go to Rapid Resizer - Easily Enlarge Patterns, Drawings and Photographs and get their program. This allows you to make the pattern any size you want and then print it out on multiple sheets of paper that are numbered and you simply put the sheets together on your board and you have your pattern. You can scan in your original pattern open it in rapid resizer and make it the size you want. Hope this helps



      • #4
        Hi EJM3,

        What I have done in the past is to drop the jpg or clipboard into Word:
        ~ set the page layout to landscape
        ~ narrow margins
        ~ put a ruler at the top
        ~ then drag the image until it reaches the size of wood that I have.
        ~ the print it out

        Quick and dirty but it works.
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        • #5
          I take my patterns to Staples - they have wonderful machines that will enlarge to anything you want.
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          • #6
            Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot and Kinkos all have the copiers to do that. Many computer printers can also do this. Check your manual.
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            • #7
              try this free download works great and super simple
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              • #8
                I use Rapid Resizer for all my resizing needs. So far, it has taken care of everything I've ever needed and I've had some pretty good sized yard ornaments resized with it. It may be just what you're looking for. Good luck, David
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                • #9
                  Rapid resizer is the best. Just put in size you want and presto! it's done. There is a 14 day free trial so try it.

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                  • #10
                    Well, I certainly learned a thing or two on this post. We have the Kinko's here and they usually fix me up but I am going to try these other two programs that were suggested. Thanks for the question and thanks to all for the replies.
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