– Adobe Photoshop or similar
– Scotch Tape
1. Since Burda has reduced the number of pattern sheets, thus making a particular pattern color even more perilous to locate, I first highlight all of the pattern pieces for the pattern I want to trace.
2. Rather than cutting up the pattern pieces, I fold them into 8 x10 rectangles row by row of the sheet and scan them. You want to keep them in 8×10 size as much as possible in order to print onto 8×10 paper and not have any cropping.
I scan them from Photoshop. Do not resize or they will print out the wrong size. I print each one as I scan it (to keep track of order).
Keep all of the scans in Photoshop. You will need them later.
Now here is the only tricky part – piecing everything together! I print off to a color printer and this is where the highlighter really helps. You will end up with an exact replica of the pattern sheet:
WAIT. DON’T CUT OUT THE PIECES JUST YET. Pattern pieces for one pattern usually overlap one another on the pattern sheet. Examine your pattern sheet and determine which scans you need to print doubles, triples of etc to cut out overlapping pattern pieces.
Now start cutting 🙂
And there you go. You now have pattern pieces for your pattern – and an intact original pattern sheet.