|Trace patterns more easily and quickly by creating your own lightbox.
Use bluetack (you know that sticky stuff you used to put posters on your wall as a kid?) to stick your pattern pieces to a big window. Also using bluetack, stick a piece of tracing paper over the top. Trace your pattern, working from the top left, smoothing down your tracing paper as you go. I find it helps to use a large ruler which I slide over the pattern, holding it all flat to the window with one hand while you trace with the other.
The great thing is you don't need a sunny day for this to work well -just a little light helps the lines on your printed pattern show through for you to trace them easily.