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Quilling Basic Shapes - Part I

Updated on January 5, 2014

Basic Quilling Shapes

Materials Required

  1. Quilling paper strips
  2. Pair of scissors
  3. Quilling slotted tool
  4. Glue
  5. Crimper
  6. Circle sizer ruler
  7. Onion Holder
  8. Tweezers

Many more different tools are available but those mentioned above are the basic tools required for beginner projects. For basic beginner projects only paper strips, slotted tool, scissors and glue are required.

Paper strips vary in thickness. Depending on the project, the thickness of the paper should be varied. It also varies in width - 3mm, 5mm and 10mm.


Quilling was popular in England in the 18th century and was taught along with needlework as a hobby for young women. Quilling during those times was known as paper filigree. It is an art of rolling thin strips of paper into coils and shaping these coils into various shapes to create amazing 2D and 3D designs. The art of quilling can only be limited to the quiller's imagination.

In the modern times, the paper filigree has moved onto a new level - from a hobby to a hobby business. Hundreds, maybe thousands of quilling artists have developed a small scale business.

The North American Quilling Guild in USA and the Quilling Guild in UK are working towards preserving this beautiful and intricate art.

Where to find the materials? Cost

Quilling supplies can be found in any of the craft store and quilling kits are also found in many large departmental stores. In-store supplies for quilling is only limited to Hobby Lobby. Amazon and eBay provide a wide range of quilling suppliers from all over the world.

Cost of supplies vary from dealer to dealer. The best way to get cost effective is to browse through online and find best deals. Basic package of 100 strips range from $3.99/- to $5.49/- and more on Amazon and eBay. The price for the slotted tool can range from $1.99/- to $20/-. Getting started with quilling can be as low as $ 10/-

Beginner's Quilling Supplies

Purchasing supplies

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Getting started - Basic Shapes

As a child needs to learn the basic shapes for a strong foundation, it is really important to master the basic quilling shapes to create amazing projects of your imagination leads you to.

There are many basic shapes. They can be divided into rolls and scrolls. In this article we will be focusing on the shapes created from rolls.

  1. Tight coil
  2. Loose coil
  3. Teardrop
  4. Marquise
  5. Shaped Marquise
  6. Square
  7. Heart
  8. Bunny ears

Tight Coils

Tight Coil

  1. Using the slotted tool, roll a paper strip tightly.
  2. Do not let go of the coil from the tool once done.
  3. Glue the end of the coil.
  4. remove it from the tool.

Return tight coil is ready.

Loose Coil

  1. Using the slotted tool, roll a strip of paper.
  2. remove it from the tool and let go of the coil.
  3. Adjust the coil accordingly to how loose coil is desired.
  4. Glue the end.

The circle sizer ruler is an easy way to get prefect sized coil if the project requires more than one same sized coil.

Loose Coils


  1. Make a loose coil.
  2. Glue the end.
  3. Pinch one side of the coil to form a teardrop.

To make a leaf, just bend the pinched tip a little towards one side to give it a leaf shape.

Shaped Marquise

Make a marquise. Curl it's two pinched points in opposite direction.


  1. Make a loose coil.
  2. Glue the end.
  3. Pinch the coil from both ends to form a marquise.

Teardrop, Leaf, Marquise and Shaped Marquise

Square, Heart and Bunny Ear


  1. Make a marquise.
  2. Flip it 90 degrees and pinch it again on the two opposite sides.
  3. The four points should be at an equal distance from each other.


  1. Make a loose coil.
  2. Glue the end.
  3. Pinch a point on one side to make a teardrop.
  4. Make a sharp indent on the opposite side.

Bunny Ear:

  1. Make a loose coil.
  2. Glue the end.
  3. Make a rounded indent with sharp points at the end.

Square, Heart and Bunny Ears


Cutting the paper the strip into smaller pieces will help make delicate and intricate designs. In this section, we covered the basic quilling shapes made from coils. These may not be all that can be made from coils, but it sure is a good start.

In the next article, we will cover the basic shapes made from scrolls and get into learning how to make a fringed flower.

Hope you all enjoyed and learned from this article. For any questions, feel free to message me in the comments below.


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      Priyanka Estambale 3 years ago from United States

      Thank you all for those lovely comments!!! :)

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      Ramonf77 3 years ago

      I loved reading this article. I have been wanting to get my wife to leave Facebook, and take a break! She needs a hobby.

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      Ramonf77 3 years ago

      That's a very good . A well written article. I've been looking for something for my wife to do (since we're both retired). I also want to get her off the computer. She is always on facebook !

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      Mel 3 years ago

      I remember doing quilling in school, but I had no idea what it was called. It was lots of fun. Thanks for this excellent presentation! The photos are very helpful. I think I'll try this with my nieces.

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      Gary R 3 years ago

      Quilling seems like to be a fun thing to do. I like it so much I may even give it a try!

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      Sanwal D 3 years ago

      Love it! Amazing video thank you soooo much

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      Loni Lee 3 years ago

      I am looking forward to getting creative. Thank you for sharing the information. I am so inspired. My mom always worked on quilts!

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      Dionne 3 years ago

      Quilling seems fun thanks to this article.

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      Erin W. 3 years ago

      I had no idea what quilling was before reading this. It seems like a fun hobby to have and definitely makes me want to try it out!

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      Candice Vega 3 years ago

      This is the first time I've ever heard of something like this before and I am so intrigued I want to run out and go buy everything to begin my own collection of Quilled Shapes!

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      John 3 years ago

      Really nice Don,t have words for say somethings

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      Happy me 3 years ago

      I had not herd of quilling until seeing this article. Quilling looks like fun! I am thinking of giving it a try this summer with my daughter. Thanks for a great tutorial.

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      Riridarkred 3 years ago

      This looks like it could be a pretty fun hobbie and a good way to pass time.

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      Latifah Lewis 3 years ago

      pretty amazing; love them all

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      moses 3 years ago

      Great write up! good info and entertaining

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      Brian10326 3 years ago

      Great article! Very neat and informative! Keep it up.

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      DBoulier 3 years ago

      I've never heard of quilling, but it looks like a lot of fun plus not too difficult to learn. I think I'm going to give it a try.

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      adaris 3 years ago

      this is pretty good info keep them coming!

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      Kj 3 years ago

      Whoa, what cute and cool designs! I'm definitely gonna try these designs in my crafting!

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      Pete Law 3 years ago

      Very simple instructions with clear pictures. Thanks!

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      Austin 3 years ago

      Very in-depth, especially with the pictures which are great points of reference for everyone. Great guide!

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      Bradford 3 years ago

      I learned quite a bit about quilling. I usually purchase from Amazon.

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      james 3 years ago

      This is an amazing guide. I always wanted to get into quilting. This an amazing step by step tutorial on how to do so.

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      Viviane B. 3 years ago

      I learned alot about quilling in this well written article ! Thanks alot ! it will be very handy !

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      natalie 3 years ago

      good job keep up the good work

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      Peppe J. 3 years ago

      What a nice and complete description, I'd like to try next week end.

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      Ana B. 3 years ago

      Amazing designs! These are really inspiring and beautiful. I might just get into quilling -- these would make a great, handmade gift.

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      mark sancegrow 3 years ago

      this is a very detailed page indeed. My mom loves doing this type of stuff, and she would find this site very useful in her attempts to make a family quilt.

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      jack 3 years ago

      very well explained with pictures enhance ease of understanding.

      It is a very new thing.

      Anything made from quilling is quite very interesting.

      i also want to try one..

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      Memere 3 years ago

      Very interesting artwork. I think I'm going to give it a try.


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      Rebecca Smith 3 years ago

      This was very informative, thanks!

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      Hey kidscrafts.. thank you for stopping by. I m glad you enjoyed reading it. Do give it a try. Happy new year to you and your family :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very interesting, well explained and great pictures to illustrate! I never made anything with quilling and who knows, I might try it one day!

      When I first read your titled, I read "quilting"... may be I need new glasses!

      Happy New Year to you and your family!