Brian @ MAKE writes:
Matt Cottam wrote in with this cool project he made for Papercamp. He started with patterns from The American Girl’s Home Book of Work And Play by Helen Campbell (1890) and cut them on a laser cutter on 300gsm paper.
Matt brought the images into Illustrator, and traced their outlines with the pen tool. To cut it, he set a slow, hot laser pen for the outline paths, which let him cut straight through the paper. He had another fast & weak pen set to carve out the grey and black bitmap areas.