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Free Quilling Patterns Online

Updated on September 18, 2018
Beautiful example of quilling
Beautiful example of quilling | Source

The art and uses of quilling

Quilling is an art form that uses strips of paper to create delicate and detailed designs. These strips of paper are rolled around a tool called a quill to create a basic shape. You then bend, shape, and pinch the paper to create a basic shape.

Once you are satisified that this is the shape you want you dab a dot of glue on the tip to keep the shape. These coiled pieces of paper are then arranged to form flowers, leaves, snowflakes, animals and many other ornamental patterns. The possibilities are endless.

Quilling is said to be one of the easiest crafts to learn and one of the most beautiful to look at. Nearly all of the quilling creations you come across are created using a few variations of the basic rolls and scrolls.

Some of the tools you will need for paper quilling
Some of the tools you will need for paper quilling | Source

Free Quilling Patterns


This website is a one stop shop. They offer a complete array of quilling suppliesand they have a clear concise way of explaining the process of quilling. Their selection of free patterns is the best I have seen. They range from beginner to advanced and are all equally beautiful and creative. They have several catagories, each with a great amou7nt of free patterns to choose from. The catagories are as follows:

  • Christmas - angel, Christmas bell and poinsettia, candy cane, gingerbread man, snokeflake, Christmad tree, holiday wreath, Christmas candles
  • St. Paddy's Day/Irish - hat full of shamrocks, Claddaugh, tiny shamrocks, lucky pipe, Irish bear
  • Valentine's Day/Love - valentine card, love, hugs and kisses, hearts and flowers, heart vine, heart/diamond, heart/flower, heart gift card
  • Winter - mittens, knit hat, penguins on skates, snow shovel, snowman, sweater, winter bird, party snowman, snowflake
  • Spring - Easter card, Easter egg, yellow crocus, cross, daffodils, flowers for basket, basket, mini-bouquet, fan, hot air balloon, wedding bells, wedding/mother's day card
  • Men/Manly/Boys - cattails with mallard, one fish, two fish..., pool anyone?, chess piece, wheat, mushrooms, frog/lily of the valley, drum, What's that in your bassket?, TV time(remote and bowl of popcorn)
  • School Days - globe, professor owl, an apple for the teacher, school bell, chalkboard, school house
  • Summer Fun - pinwheels, kite and beach ball, circus tent, circus clown
  • Baby/Children - baby rattle, chubby baby, little girl, baby rattle
  • Fall Stuff - fall bouquet, layered mum, squirrel, layered sunflowers, wheelbarrow of pumpkins, autumn trees, october flower, fall colors, turkey, autumn leaves
  • Halloween Stuff - candy apple, Jack-O-Lantern, Halloween kitty, Halloween treats, trick ot treat (Jack-o-Lantern treat holder), witch, Halloween couple (two black cats), spooky eye

This blog has a good selection of some very nice free quilling patterns. You'll be glad you stopped to look at them.

  • 7 petal daisy - quick and easy
  • 4 daisy patterns - basic patterns
  • daisy pattern - shows how to combine quilling with card making
  • turkey - simple techniques
  • Christmas Poinsettia - makes a beautiful ornament
  • hot air balloon - uses the fill-in technique
  • wedding cake - fringed flowers and alternating side looping
  • butterfly - intermediate pattern
  • flowers of love - uses S-scrolls to make heart and accents with white coil flowers

On this website you will find two beautiful free patterns. They would most likely be for the more advanced quiller.

  • flowers in a basket
  • reusable candle pin

You will find a great introduction to quilling on this website, as must for anyone just starting to learn how to quill. The instructions are clear and easy to follow.

  • tortoise
  • baby card - baby footprints
  • flowers - folder paper rose and 2 simple flowers
  • Christmas wreath and angel

This website has one free pattern but it is so well done that I felt it deserved a mention. The instructions are simple, clear, and easy to follow.

  • Aster

Some of the shapes you will use with paper quilling.
Some of the shapes you will use with paper quilling. | Source

What To Do Once You Can Make The Quilling Shapes

Quilling has an infinite number of uses. Their lacy delicate look lends themselves to many different decorative possibilities.

  • Just to name a few: any kind of card (birthday, thank you, missing you, sympathy, etc)
  • any invitation (wedding, shower, baby shower, birthday party, retirement party, etc),
  • birth announcements
  • place cards
  • notecards
  • wedding keepsakes
  • package decoration
  • table decoration
  • candle decoration
  • trinket box decoration
  • customized, personalized frames
  • journals
  • diaries
  • nightlights
  • tealight shades decorations
  • holiday décor
  • Christmas decorations
  • and many more uses

A Bit Of Quilling History

The art of quilling has been said to have been around since 105 AD. It is believed to have become an art shortly after the invention of paper in China. It is also believed to have sprung up in Ancient Europe at about the same time.

This art was first created with silver and gold wire and was used on pillars, vases and also made into beautiful jewelry. It became quite popular in the 1500's when the nuns in Italy and French began to cover frayed torn edges of bibles with quilling and quills. The name quilling is believed to come from the practice of using the bird quills.

Quilling was the leisure time craft of the ladies of leisure, the working class did not participate. It was typically used to cover screens, tea-caddies, frames, coats-of-arms, just to name a few.

When Learning How To Quill

The first step to learning how to quill, in my opinion, would be finding a site online that shows the basic directions on How to Quill. I have included a marvelous one for you in this article.

The next thing would be to get a package. maybe two, of quilling paper to use while learning how to roll and shape. Many people suggest that you cut the strips of paper out of typing paper but I found it easier to just buy the paper already cut in strips.

When you first begin it isn't necessary to spend a good amount of money to buy all the tools and such that you will need for quilling once you learn it. First, try it, see if you like it, then buy the tools.

That being said, beside the paper strips, the only thing you need is a slotted quilling needle and a bit of glue. It is important to learn the different shapes and how to make them before you try to make a project.

Once you master the shapes, and have decided that you like to quill, then you can go out and buy all the supplies you will need and move on to the next stage of learning the more complicated quilling designs.

I just know you will love it. It is a wonderful art that is fairly easy to learn and beautiful to look at.

Do you think you will try your hand at quilling?

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© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Quilling is a beautiful art and easier to do than it looks.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Dianne Ward It is a beautiful craft. You will find many patte4rns that you will want to try online. Just take it one step at a time and you will soon be making the most intricite patterns.

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      Dianne Ward 

      7 weeks ago

      Have started quilling and find it a really pretty craft. I am keen to learn more and look forward to obtaining further knowledge, it’s seems to be a pretty and relaxing craft.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Quilling is such a pretty craft. Not only that, I have found it relaxing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

      All craft stores will carry the quilling tools or you could try ebay or Amazon.

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      Kittie bush 

      2 months ago

      I have been wanting to try quilling for about a year where do I get the quilling tools reasonably

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I will keep my eyes out for some instructions and tapes for the more difficult designs and will be writing a hub about them.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      So do I. There are so many free patterns out there to chose from. Pintrest is a great place to find them.

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      3 months ago

      Love Pinterest, great photographs. Keep it cming!

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      4 months ago

      i have recently returned to quilling after seeing such beautiful designs on Pinterest. I would really appreciate more instruction on some of the difficult quilling designs Joy

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      Ana María 

      8 months ago

      Beautiful ideas

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      21 months ago

      Hi I'm just a beginner at quilling not done anything yet but very interesting reading this it was very helpful to start as I used to make cards

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Quilling is such a relaxing and fairly easy craft to learn. It's not as hard as it looks to learn the simple steps. It gets harder as you get into the intermediate level but it's worth every effort. Good luck and have fun.

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      8 years ago from Rocky Hill, CT

      Great hub! I just made the decision to get into quilling today so this was a very helpful resource for me!


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