How to Enlarge or Reduce the Size of Felt Patterns

If you have felt patterns that you could never put into practice because of their size, I have good news for you! A simple felt pattern can turn into various sizes by changing the pdf aspect ratio.
Changing the Size of Felt Patterns

How many felt patterns do you currently have that you haven’t printed? Do you have felt patterns that you have never put into practice because you could not reduce or increase them before printing?

If you have felt patterns that you could never put into practice because of their size, I have good news for you! A simple felt pattern can turn into various sizes by changing the pdf aspect ratio.

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Changing the size of the felt patterns does not only make them ready for printing. For example, a large animal figure prepared for party decoration can become a felt pet keychain, serve as a wreath, or for a mobile. You can even use it in many different felt projects by multiplying applications and changing the felt pattern size.

Knowing how to reduce or increase felt patterns is essential to multiply your creative options.

See Also: How to Transfer Templates to Felt

So if you still don’t know how to make felt pattern sizes suitable for your work, follow this post. I’ll show you everything you need to do to print a felt pattern on a larger or smaller scale.

Calculating the Exact Size of Felt Patterns

The first step is to figure out what percentage will be used to increase and decrease the felt pattern to the desired size.

All you have to do is use the three rules below. For example;

If the mold is 20 cm and you need a 35 cm piece, the solution is as follows:

20 = 100% (original die size) 35 = X (increased size)

To find which scale to print, simply calculate:

→ 20X = 100 x 35 → 20X = 3.500 → X = 3.500: 20

→ X = 175

Therefore, to have a 35cm plate, we need to use the 175% print scale.

You can also use the same process and solution to reduce the size of felt patterns; it’s precisely the same.

Reducing Felt Pattern Sizes

It’s also pretty easy to make your felt patterns smaller than the original. Even if each computer or PDF reader looks different, your change fields are basically the same.

Let’s go to the tutorial:

  1. Open the selected PDF file and click the printer icon.
  2. With the print box open, click “More settings.” If this field is not available, you can proceed to the next step.
  3. Now find the “Scale” field and select the “Custom” option. Here, the PDF is programmed to print 100% at the standard scale.
  4. Erase the entire area and enter the scale you want to change for the felt pattern. For example, if you’re printing a half-size felt pattern, just type “50”.

Increasing Felt Pattern Sizes for Printing

You will need a little more dedication to increasing the felt pattern size. Since home printers only print in A4 format, you must have a specific program to print multiple parts of the same plate on different pages and at an increased scale.

So you can combine all the output pages to make one sizeable felt pattern.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a perfect option as it is a free and easy-to-use application. You can download the program for free here.

Changing the Scale of Felt Patterns in Adobe Acrobat

First, select the PDF file with a right-click and click “Open with.” Then choose Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file.

  1. Click the printer icon in the upper left corner of the window.
  2. When you open the settings window, select the “Poster” button.
  3. You will see the scale part just below the “Poster” button. As you learned to calculate at the beginning of the article, this is where you put the scale you want into the pattern.
  4. In the scale area in the corner of the window with the print preview on the right, type 175 percent. When you enter the scale value, the plate will already be huge and divided into four A4 sheets.
  5. After that, you just need to click the print button.

Resize Felt Patterns with Microsoft Paint

I usually share the free felt patterns on my site in PDF format, but some felt patterns you can find on the internet can also be in image formats such as JPG or PNG.

You can change the scale of felt patterns in picture format using Microsoft Paint. To do this, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Press “File” and select “OPEN” to open the felt pattern image.
  2. Optionally zoom out to view the entire image.
  3. Press “File.”
  4. Move your cursor over “Print,” and three options will appear.
  5. Select the “Page setup” option.
  6. Specify the pages as “Fit.”
  7. Change the scale value in the lower right corner as desired.
  8. After that, you just have to click the print button.

Now that you know how to increase and decrease the size of your felt patterns, it will be much easier to change your designs whenever you want.

What did you think about the path to follow? Were there any doubts? Tell me here in the comments!

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