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Turtle Lady
01-18-2012, 08:05 AM
I have a craft pattern for a stuffed animal and would like to make it a bit larger. Can you tell me the proper way to enlarge the pattern?


01-18-2012, 11:34 AM
Just put it on a photocopier set to copy larger.
As long as you copy ALL the pieces it should work perfectly. Pay attention to the papers as they come out of the copier and make sure that you haven't cut any pattern pieces off. You may need to tape pages together if the piece doesn't fit on a single sheet. The trickiest part will be making sure that you have all the pattern pieces, and that all the pieces are complete (not cut off).
I have shrunk a few teddy bear patterns this way and I cannot see why it would not work the opposite way.
Have fun!!

Turtle Lady
01-19-2012, 01:03 PM
Hi Angie,
Thanks so much for the information. I was thinking I would try that. Somewhere I read about just enlarging whatever percent and that would work but I just wanted to see if anyone had other options.
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02-17-2012, 11:23 AM
Your only other way to make it bigger would be to put pattern paper or tracing paper over it and trace it using a ruler or eyes to keep the new line the same distance from the edge around all the pieces. I have used both methods (copy machine and tracing) both can work- usually only use the tracing method when enlarging BIG things like girls dresses, pants, etc.

02-17-2012, 08:49 PM
When I need to enlarge something bigger than what a copier can handle, I use an opaque projector. They are kind of hard to find, but our church library had one that I used to use a lot. I haven't had to enlarge anything for a while. You might be able to borrow one from the public library. Or find one to buy... You need a dark room with a big flat wall. You put the item you want to enlarge under the projector and turn it on. Tape your paper (or cloth or whatever) onto the wall, and trace the image. Mom and I used this to make a life sized David and Goliath many years ago. I've used it to enlarge coloring book images for decorations. It works pretty good.

02-18-2012, 11:42 AM
Lots of times you see patterns drawn on grids and the size of each square is listed and the instructions call for making the grid a certain amount larger and you are supposed to copy the lines from each grid on to the larger grid. IE if the square on the pattern grid is 1/4" and you want to increase it you make your grid with 1" squares.
I would prefer to use a copier and just copy each section 300% even if it means using several pages to get each section. Then I would just match the pattern up and tape it together.