Apr 14, 2020

How to Cut Quilling Strips with a Cricut Explore

How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Free SVG Pattern Files



How to Cut Quilling Strips with a Cricut Explore



Cutting your own quilling paper strips with an electric cutting machine is really quick and easy, and it’s how I’ve been cutting my own paper for many years now. I had to cut my own thicker paper for “on edge quilling” or "quillography" projects because venders just didn’t offer it until the last couple of years.

Ever since I made cutting files for myself, I’ve been giving them away on my blog. If you’ve downloaded my cutting files in the past, then you’ll want to download my updated files because I’ve made significant improvements on them. Watch my video tutorial to see how the cutting path has been made as efficient as possible.


Download Free Cutting Quilling Strip Files

Quilling Paper Strips - Cut by Hand



My files are created in 5 widths for:

  • inches: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/5
  • mm: 1, 2, 3, 5, 10


The following machines can import SVG (Amazon affiliate links): 


The following machines can import DXF:

  • Silhouette: Cameo, Curio, SD 



Method 1 - Cut Quilling Strips with Margins

Cut your strips with margins on either side and they will never get tangled. After tearing them off, you'll need to trim the ends to make them clean.


How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Method 1 With Margins

Method 2 - Cut Quilling Strips with Fringe

Leave a margin on one side and your strips will still be manageable. There is less wastage than Method 1, and I usually use this method on scrap pieces rather than full sized pieces of paper.


How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Method 2 With Fringe

Method 3 - Cut Quilling Strips Without Margins

There is no wastage with this method of cutting, and the strips will all be individually cut.


How to Cut Quilling Strips with Cricut: Method 3 Without Margins

Bonus - Happy Birthday Message

Decorate a birthday gift with a unique twist using letters on a ribbon of quilling!




14 comments:

  1. I just got interested in this craft this week. I have a cricut explorer air 2 and have downloaded your amazing svg file. As a beginner, how can I adjust to cut out just a few strips to practice on, instead of cutting out all those strips and wasting paper. I already believed I'm hooked on this beautiful craft.

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    1. Welcome to quilling Rae! Great question! There is a pause button on your Cricut. So after it's made a few cuts, simply pause the machine and remove the mat. Then you can ask your computer to cancel the remainder of the cut. I'm thrilled to hear you have quilling fever!

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    2. Thanks so much for this. When I uploaded the 5 mm svg into cricut design space, it opened at 12.25" wide, and I was unable to cut it since I don't have a longer mat. Is there a way around this issue?

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    3. Hi dark kristal, you can unlock the size in Cricut Design Space and easily adjust to fit the width you need. It's at the top in the middle called "SIZE".

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  2. I want to thank you for offering the free SVG for cutting our own paper for quilling. You are pretty amazing. I just started to do quilling and I enjoyed it. It's very cool to be able to cut my own paper with my Sizzix Eclipse ( I have e-cal programm)Thanks again

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    1. That's so sweet of you! Thank you for giving me a huge smile today!!! I'm so happy to hear my SVG files worked with your cutter too! And welcome to the world of quillling! :D

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  3. Thank you so much for the files, and the tutorials! I tried to open the MM DXF files, and there is nothing there. Is there somewhere else I can look? Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hello Shelley, happy to hear you liked my tutorial. Can you explain how you're opening the DXF files? Is it a vector-based program? Have you tried IMPORTING (not OPENING) into your cutting programs?
      Cecelia

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  4. This is wonderful, thank you! I will be able to find just the colours I want to use so much easier this way. What maximum weight of paper do you find works well before it doesn't roll very well?

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    1. You're welcome Rachel. I prefer 70 lb text weight (105 gsm), but it's so challenging to find any colors or selection, so I tend to use Canson Mi-Teintes which is 160 gsm. I find anything heavier is more challenging to roll.

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    2. Fabulous, thank you! Again!! :-)

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    3. You're welcome! I also have a FAQ tab at the top of this page which might shed more light on paper weights.

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  5. TY so much for this aweome tutorial I hope to try this out sometime soon!!

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    1. You're very welcome Chris! Hope to hear how to turns out for you!

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