Fortunately, there’s an easy solution that will save a lot of time. Print the shapes on fusible web using an ink jet printer (NOT a laser printer – the heat will cause the web to melt and ruin the printer).
It’s a simple process that involves preparing fusible web for printing. You may also need to convert the pattern shapes into a digital file. If you have a downloaded PDF pattern you can print right from that – no conversion needed.
If you have a paper pattern, you’ll need to scan the shapes into a digital file. Or, if your ink jet printer is also a copier, just lay the paper pattern on the copy plate and print from that.
Fusible web will print nicely once it’s affixed to sturdy paper, like cardstock. You’ll find it at office supply stores, craft stores or in the office supply section of big box stores. It’s also available on Amazon here.
If you don’t have an ink jet printer, take the prepared fusible web and the paper pattern or digital file (on your phone, tablet or thumb drive) to a copy center. They can help you get the pattern printed out. Just remind them not to use a machine that will cause the fusible web to melt.
Katie from Katie’s Quilting Corner has written an excellent tutorial.