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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Enlarge It! Reduce it!

How to Enlarge & Reduce Patterns using Adobe Reader

Happy Saturday everyone! We've got a bonus post for you today to help with one of the most persistent questions we receive here at Fandom In Stitches: How do I resize a pattern?

The easiest way to ENLARGE or REDUCE a pattern is to print it as a poster using Adobe Reader and the chart below.

Pattern Size Needed
Pattern Size

Follow these steps and use the chart below to make it even easier:

  1. Download the PDF pattern file.
  2. Open pattern in Adobe Reader.
  3. Open the Print dialog (shown below) by clicking the printer icon.
  4. Choose which Pages to Print. In the example "All" is chosen, but if there is an instruction page, skip that and just enlarge the pattern pages. It may be least confusing to enlarge one page at a time.
  5. Under Paper Sizing & Handling, choose Poster (see image).
  6. Determine the starting Pattern Size and the chart below to determine what percentage to enlarge to Pattern Size Needed. For example, to print a 5" pattern at 10", Tile Scale (see below) will need to be 200%.
  7. Print these instructions for easy reference.

Big thanks to designer Addie Clark for sharing the poster printing tip over on our Facebook Group!  

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  1. BRILLIANT! Thanks for posting :)

  2. thank you, getting ready to use your tut!

  3. thank you this is wonderful to have and know.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this helpful information. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

  5. I don't have poster print. Is there an alternative?

    1. You may be able to update your software in order to get the poster print feature. This isn't for sure, this was me googling to see if there was an option. If that doesn't work for you, you can also print the pattern, cut the pieces apart, and enlarge them individually using a copy machine and the same scale from this post. That's what I did before the poster feature became available. Another alternative would be to take the pattern to a print shop and have it printed at the scale that works for you.

  6. thank you for the printout, was happy to find the disney castle, have been looking for one this large

  7. What size printer paper do you use to print a scaled up to 10” pattern?

    1. You can use standard printer paper. The larger pattern pieces will need to be taped or glued together.

  8. what is the conversion from a 15' to 10'

    1. Hi, Kim. You'd reduce to approximately 66%. 15" to 10" is a bit of an odd one, so you may need to square up a little to get it exactly to 10".

  9. Hi, is the calculation for ready or before sewing in patterns?

    1. Hi, Lenka, the calculations are intended specifically for quilt patterns and does not include seam allowance. I hope this helps.