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Free Quilling Patterns and Designs

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Quilling Kits and Patterns

This page contains many links to free quilling patterns and designs sorted into different categories. I am including instructions for making the basic shapes - the building blocks of quilling - in case you are new to the craft. I am also featuring some delightful craft kits to purchase. These are not free, but they do include the papers you need to make the items. They will also give ideas for the more experienced quillers.

Quilling is a delightful craft which involves taking strips of paper and rolling them around a "quill" (which can be a a specially purchased tool or even just a toothpick). These paper spirals are then removed from the quill, glued and squeezed to make different shapes which are then combined to make pictures or patterns.

This is one of those crafts which can cost you next to nothing, especially if you cut your own paper strips. Paper is very cheap and you could even use recycled paper from envelopes or advertizing brochures etc.

Quilling can be used to decorate greeting cards, scrapbooking pages, bookmarks, fridge magnets, calendars and more.

© Copyright Mellocello (CC BY-SA 3.0)

© Copyright Mellocello (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Basic Quilling Shape Patterns

Tip: if you tear a strip before gluing it, the join is less visible than if you cut the paper with scissors.

Instructions for making the basic quilling shapes - tight coil, closed coil, teardrop, petal, marquise (eye), shaped marquise (leaf), half moon (crescent), triangle, tulip, bunny ear (shield), arrow (dart), star, square, holly leaf, fringed flower, open heart

Different instructions for some basic shapes - loose circle, teardrop, curved teardrop, marquise, curved marquise, square / diamond, rectangle, half circle, curved half circle, triangle

Tools for for this Craft


You could cut your own paper strips. My favorite way to do this is with a paper trimmer or a craft knife, ruler, and self-healing mat. That way you can choose the exact colors you want. But you will need to make sure that the strips are all exactly the same width. I once had the "bright" idea of using a paper shredder, but the strips mine cut had furry edges and they were a bit too wide. Buying pre-cut paper will give you more time to get on the quilling and there are so many color choices on offer. You can even buy the strips in different widths.

Flower Patterns

Basic 5-petal flower

Four easy flowers in a kaleidoscope design

Wild rose

Spiral rose

How to make a folded quilled rose

Trellis with climbing flowers

Bouquet of flowers

Tutorial on how to make fringed flowers

Fringed flower card

Beautiful topiaries in every season - Scroll down to Seasonal Treetops

Using a comb to do husking

A variation on quilling is husking which enables you to make the loops a particular size. The traditional way to do this is by using pins on a board which you wrap your strip around, but you can also get the same effect by wrapping your papers around a comb - a normal hair comb or even a nit comb, which will allow for much closer spacing of your coils.

Heart Designs

A simple but effective hearts made from two quilled shapes, with ideas for using it in several different projects.

Simple Quilled Heart Card (Video)

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© Copyright lori05871 (CC BY 2.0)


Make some pretty snowflakes from white or silver paper and attach to a card to make a lovely Christmas greeting card or attach a thread to the top to use as pretty decorations on your Christmas tree.

Step by step instructions for making a beautiful snowflake

Practice making different basic shapes and make tome quilled snowflake decorations

Snowflake made from scrolls

Butterflies, Bees and Ladybug Patterns

butterfly card

butterfly card

Picture tutorial for making a butterfly card (shown above). They show how to use a quilling board, which helps to make your rolled paper strips a consistent size.

A delicate butterfly where each section of the wing is made from 3 quilled shapes. Very pretty.

Different technique for making a butterfly

Butterfly headband

Cute little bee earrings

A very detailed, advanced butterfly with a brief description of how it was made.

Scroll down the page for a beehive tutorial.

Little ladybug

Bird Pattern

quilled bird

quilled bird

Sweet bird with big eye (see picture above)

Animal Kits available from Amazon

These cute animal kits come with instructions, 1/8 inch wide papers, and wiggly eyes to create a menagerie of adorable animals.

3D Designs

© Copyright inna's creations (CC BY-SA 3.0)

© Copyright inna's creations (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Make the cute 3D lion shown above. At the bottom of the post, you'll see links to other posts showing clever crafts created by this blogger. Keep following these links and you'll see all kinds of 3D creatures and objects to inspire you.

Make a quilled chess set

Flower topiary

Quilled Easter basket

3D Quilled Angel (Video) - For Christmas or Mother's Day

Free Christmas Patterns

© Copyright bgottsab (CC BY 2.0)

© Copyright bgottsab (CC BY 2.0)

Beautiful candle with flowers - Scroll down to Christmas Candle

Stylized Christmas tree

Quite a few Christmas themed quilling patterns, including several different styles of Christmas trees, poinsettias, a wreath, a snowman.

Two Christmas quilling designs - a wreath with Noel and a Christmas angel


harshita-goyal-9231 on February 05, 2014:

its wonderful. ill be trying them all.

anonymous on August 17, 2013:

the little angel was awesome

Kimberly Schimmel from Greensboro, NC on August 08, 2013:

These projects are really beautiful.

cleansweeping on March 25, 2013:

I love these ideas! Maybe my daughter and I will experiment with these designs.

MyBabyBoo on December 01, 2012:

Interesting lens, nicely done!

Steve Jones from Birmingham UK on October 26, 2012:

Beautiful lens and pictures

WhyCleanCounts on August 04, 2012:

Thank you so much for sharing this lens, I am brand new to paper quilling, and I appreciate the resources here.

swimchick5894 on July 26, 2012:

Love this! I love quilling and this will help me out <3 thanks so much!

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

good web

anonymous on May 30, 2012:

I like these different pretty ideas on cards,its very informative.

Fundraising Discount Cards

Gift Card Printing

biggking lm on May 28, 2012:

must've taken alot time to get all the tiny details in it

Jeanette (author) from Australia on May 09, 2012:

@anonymous: Maybe you could try using the find function (on my computer I type F)

anonymous on May 09, 2012:

It would be great if there were a search mode here. Great site.

anonymous on April 27, 2012:

The blog is well.. i like all the pictures..

JoyfulReviewer on April 23, 2012:

Thanks for compiling this extensive patterns resource and showcasing a diverse array of projects. Blessed!

anonymous on April 08, 2012:

ineed a pattern for a penguin

anonymous on April 08, 2012:


mumsgather on March 20, 2012:

These are beautiful. Funny, I thought I had squidliked this before but it doesn't show. Anyway I came back to like and bless the lens. :)

GOT LM on March 11, 2012:

Nice work

Katie Harp on March 08, 2012:

blessed by a squid angel :) <3

JoyfulReviewer on March 08, 2012:

What a charming craft. Thanks for producing this helpful resource.

ozylizzy on March 07, 2012:

is broken :( wanted to see elizabeths creations. ;)

blanckj on March 07, 2012:

I have never seen this craft before! Very interesting!

MelonyVaughan on March 07, 2012:

The lion is spectacular! I'm going to try this at home - it should be fun!

Linda Pogue from Missouri on March 07, 2012:

My sister and I did quilling as teens. Thank you for reminding me of some awesome memories. Blessings!

lilPinkfairy288 on March 07, 2012:

Thanks for all the information. All these crafting stuff is nifty. I have a lot to learn from it.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on February 29, 2012:

This paper craft still fascinates me. I must try it. Will I find time? I hope so some day.

flycatcherrr on February 29, 2012:

I used to make all my greeting cards with pictures of quilled paper, very delicate, great fun to plan out and create, but haven't done any for years - I'd forgotten what a fun craft this is: Nicely done!

EpicFarms on January 11, 2012:

This is fabulous - I love the way you grouped by categories (it's a lot harder to find quilling patterns on the internet than some of the other crafty stuff ;o) Nice job!

sherioz on December 20, 2011:

I never heard of this and I am always on the lookout for new crafts that are easy to learn and yet can grow more challenging as you get better at them. This fits that description. Thanks so much.

MayaBella LM on December 02, 2011:

Amazing stuff. We just learned how to do this at church. Great!

anonymous on November 28, 2011:

I've just started quilling - this is a great resource. thank you for sharing it.

anonymous on November 09, 2011:

i just love this is helping enhance my quilling skills...ive never learnt quilling but always loved making quilled cards for my friends... thank u so much.. !!!! lookin fforward for more beautiful designs!!

hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 15, 2011:

someday i will actually try paper quilling. Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

inspirationz on September 06, 2011:

quilling looks so pretty - i'm very eager to try it out! Thanks for posting!

Ann from Yorkshire, England on August 10, 2011:

these are beautiful - angel blessed and featured on my road trip lens I am just making.

florette on July 15, 2011:

i have learnt the art of quilling jst 3 months ago n i find it super interesting. even i have created some designs myself. i like your page. you seem to be an experienced artist. your designs are beautiful.

NoYouAreNot on May 01, 2011:

Quilling is a very interesting craft -- highly decorative, yet not requiring many and expensive materials to get started with it. I'm bookmarking this page for further study.

Iulian LM on April 21, 2011:

Great resources page!

Philippians468 on April 12, 2011:

thank you for sharing this delightful resource on Flower quillings! love it! cheers

Dee Gallemore on December 25, 2010:

A fantastic resource for quilling paterns! Love : Peace : Joy! This lens is featured on Noteworthy and Blessed!

Craftybegonia on December 15, 2010:

Beautiful lens! Loved that quilled ladybug!

KDimmick on November 30, 2010:

Awesome resource - I'm featuring this lens on my card-making-school lens

Indigo Janson from UK on November 10, 2010:

This looks like fun! You've found so many great resources here.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on November 10, 2010:

Wow! Thank you for this fabulous list of quilling patterns! Really cool!

scar4 on October 28, 2010:

I have no idea of quilling patterns or designs, but I really loved those pictures in your lens.

noobeegin on October 24, 2010:

I used to quill when I was in gradeschool many moons ago. I love the 3D quilling. I have never seen that before.

DARdreams on September 28, 2010:

I have been wanting to try this for a long time. Thanks for the info to help me get started!

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on September 20, 2010:

I love the look of this craft! Have seen quilling before but did not know what it was called or how to do it. Thanks for making this lens.

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on September 18, 2010:

Never have tried quilloing, but this stuff is interesting - thanks for sharing.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on August 21, 2010:

Now this looks more indicate than TBF. I have made a few spirals but no finished project. Try the TBF for Beginners with the kids. Only eight squares to fold. Are you having success on Squidoo and fun too?

Rachel Field on July 01, 2010:

Awesome lens. 5* and a favourite. I really want to try quilling one day so I will be back here when I can get a spare minute or two :)

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