Feb 25, 2020

Quilling Strip Sheet Organizer - step-by-step tutorial and free pattern

quilling strip sheet organizer - tutorial and free pattern



Quilling Strip Sheet Organizer

Easily organize your quilling paper strips by sewing a single sheet protector. In my latest step-by-step DIY tutorial video, I'll show you how to keep long, medium, and short quilling strips separated, yet together, neatly organized for storage in a binder or on your desk.

Please note this organizing method is ideal for 11" strips. The paper I'm showing here is Canson Mi-Tientes, which I've cut myself into 1/4" width. The thickness is considerably thicker than conventional quilling paper.


quilling strip sheet organizer - tutorial and free pattern


Materials Needed

• plastic sheet protector
• a printer and a cardstock
• metal ruler
• scoring tool
• x-acto knife
• sewing machine
• download my free template

Steps

  1. Download my template and print onto card stock. Insert it into the plastic sleeve protector.
  2. Lightly score across the vertical columns to give yourself a sewing guide.
  3. Using a ruler, lightly cut across the horizontal line and freehand cut the curved lines, going all the way to the edge. Remove the template.
  4. Use a pen to mark where your cut lines meet the edge of the sheet protector.
  5. Insert the template back into the sleeve, facing the back, upside down. Match up the template to the pen marks.
  6. Cut along the horizontal line and freehand cut the curved lines. Remove the template. Continue the cut lines all the way to the edges to separate the top third from the bottom.
  7. Flip the top third over, matching the top edge to the bottom edge.
  8. Sew the two middle columns, then the two outer columns. Finally sew along the 3 edges and bottom.
  9. Insert your quilling strips, and admire how easily this organizer keeps long, medium, and short strips together yet separated.

Paper

Brand: Canson, Mi-Tientes
Weight: 98 lb / 160 gsm (heftier than standard quilling paper)
Width: 1/4” (I cut them myself using a Cricut Explore)
Sheet Size: 8½ × 11” or 19 × 25” from fine art stores
Amazon Affiliate Link: http://amzn.to/2zpVAg2
Watch how to cut your own strips: https://youtu.be/Lq_oHsARmU0

Feb 7, 2020

Quilling Paper Accordion Organizer

quilling paper accordion organizer



Quilling Paper Organizer


Do you ever have to keep track of multiple strips of quilling paper for a large project? How do you handle the challenge of organizing strips of varying colors and lengths separated, yet quickly accessible?

I was recently testing my new pattern, Quilling Succulents. I needed numerous pre-cut strips for 3 designs on hand, and had to make them repeatedly for testing.

I kept these pieces neatly identified by folding a sheet of paper into a zig zag accordion. It was easy to label each strip, keep each length separated, yet access any strip in a jiffy. The accordion could be stacked as well, to save space on my desk. 

Have you got a method for handling bulk strips? Please share them with the quilling community in the comments below.



Jan 31, 2020

Quilling Succulents - Pattern and Tutorial

Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial - Aloe Vera

Quilling Succulents - Pattern and Tutorial


I'm so excited to show you my latest quilling pattern – a set of 3 potted succulents! There’s an angel wing, an aloe vera, and a barrel cactus.


Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial

Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial - Barrel Cactus

I had a lot of fun making these because they’re so versatile. They can be used for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, a thank you note - whatever you want - because you can type any message on the front. My PDF files are electronically fillable, so customize it to make it personal to you. 


Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial - Handmade

On the back, you can type your name and proudly tell the world you quilled this. If you want to sell your finished quilling, go right ahead.


Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial - Measuring

As with all my patterns, you won’t need a ruler to measure. All you need to do is lay your quilling paper on top of my pattern, mark the folds, and cut to size. 


Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial - Assembly

After buying my pattern, you’ll receive a link to my full tutorial, and I’ll show you how to quill each design, step-by-step. The finished cards are 4.25” x 5.5”, so you can print 2 cards onto a letter-size sheet and have no wastage. After you finish quilling your card, protect it in a pillow box envelope, which again, you can customize with anyone’s name.


Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial - Angel Wing

Materials

  • color printer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • quilling paper (I prefer Canson Mi-Teintes, 1/4” widths) (Watch: DIY strips)
  • needle or slotted quilling tool
  • scoring tool such as a dried up pen
  • crochet hook or something of this circumference
  • tweezers
  • x-acto knife
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • removable tape
  • glue
  • plastic cards (both thick and thin) (Why? Watch my video about glue)

Quilling Succulents Pattern Tutorial - Barrel Prick


My Quilling Succulents pattern is available in my shop.

This is the first time I’ve designed a quilling pattern such as this, and I hope you’ll let me know what you think of this idea in the comments below. Till next time, happy quilling!

You can watch a trailer about my new pattern here:





Oct 29, 2019

Quilling Uppercase Letter Z - Dragonfly Pattern and Tutorial

Quilling Uppercase Letter Z - Dragonfly Pattern and Tutorials



Quilling Uppercase Letter Z - Dragonfly Pattern and Tutorials


If I'm ever in a rush to fill a monogram, but still want it to look like I took a lot of time to make it, I fill it with C- and S-scrolls because they fill up the space quickly and easily. You don't even have to use a ruler because having a variety of small and large strips fill in corners or spaces naturally. 

In my latest tutorial video, I also share tips on the way I look at my pieces with fresh eyes, how to balance your quilling even when items have already been glued down, and what to do if the colors you used don't turn out the way you intended.

I want to give a huge THANK YOU for giving me your wonderful encouragement for the past 2 years, as I've created this series of tutorial videos. This idea had been in my head  for years, but I kept making excuses not to go through with it. Your kind comments gave me the momentum to keep going and growing with each video I made. Although the purpose was to teach you the techniques I use, I was just as much a student, learning how to improve myself with each lesson. I would never have reached this far without all of you!

With gratitude,
Cecelia


Oct 10, 2019

Quilling Letter Y – Mandala Tutorial

quilling letter y mandala pattern tutorial

Quilling Letter Y – Mandala Tutorial


I have been inspired by beautifully calming mandalas, and decided to apply it to the monogram letter Y. The letter Y is a great letter to try a mandala design with, because it's a somewhat symmetrical.


quilling letter y mandala pattern tutorial - how to enlarge pattern


I show two methods to enlarge your quilled letter patterns. At 200%, your quilled monogram will make a wonderful d├ęcor piece on a wall or mantel.

quilling letter y mandala pattern tutorial - how to trace pattern

In this tutorial, you'll see how easy it is to mirror your design to maintain consistency.


quilling letter y mandala pattern tutorial - how to estimate strip length

A viewer asked me to show to figure out a strip's length, so I show how to estimate it based on my drawings.


quilling letter y mandala pattern tutorial - excess cuts


Let me be clear about this – it's not a magical process! There is much trial and error with every strip! You just don't usually see this messy part.

quilling letter y mandala pattern tutorial - mark measurements


I prefer using centimetres to measure my strip lengths. I record the length on my drawing, and as I adjust, I erase and re-write the new measurement. I love using my Frixion (Amazon Affiliate link) erasable pens for this!


Quilling Letter Y Monogram - Mandala Tutorial




If you have any methods of mirroring drawings or determining strip lengths, I'd love to know about it!