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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Quilling Technique Tutorial - Folded Strip Leaves 1 of 3

This tutorial will be in 3 parts as I am hoping to cover several types of leaves using folded strips.

Bamboo Leaves & Long Grass

For bamboo leaves, take 2, A4 size 3mm strips of two shades of green and start folding as shown in the pic below. Make sure you start with the dark color and fold each  mountaim fold higher than the previous one at both the top and bottom ends. Make sure it tapers more at the top of the leaf and only slightly at the bottom.

 When you are reaching the end of the first strip insert the second strip as shown below and fold the longest mountain fold then taper it down to complete the leaf.

Once completed it should look like the pic below.

Now apply glue to the bottom mountain folds and glue another strip around the bottom of the leaf. At this point  you may create the stem by extending the strip beyond the bottom most fold the folding the strip back on itself and gluing it.

Now cut the mountain folds at the top o and straighten them so they do not bend and look like loops.

Now glue the strip up to the longest strip which would be half of the leaf. Then apply glue to a bit of the strip that extends beyond and then fold it on itself and paste it to create the tip of the leaf after which apply glue to the other side as shown below and glue around the rest of the leaf to complete it.

Once done your bamboo leaf should look like the one below.

For long grass use 2 strips of 22 or 24' and taper more by increasing the distance between mountain fold at the top. The bottom should taper slightly just to get a curve.

I usually fold the paper so that I can get thickness at the bottom of the leaf unlike in husking where the bottom pivots at one point.

I hope you found this tutorial useful. If you did, I would love to hear from you.


  1. This is a very useful tutorial, thanks!

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing Christine.

  3. Christine,
    Your quilling is beautiful and his generosity with his talent is so great. Thanks for sharing some of your knowledge with us.

  4. Yes Christine I found this very helpful ! I liked the idea to glue a separate strip in center to give the final shape !

  5. I thought this was done in another way actually Chris...But thnx for the info.. :)

  6. I just love your work and ideas .This tutorial is lovely.Thanks so much for sharing.You have a very different and unique style of quilling which is most inspiring.Thanks once again.

  7. thanks, the leaves look very nice, always.

  8. Thanks for your brilliant tutorial. I have just made my first quilled card but cannot show it yet as it is on its way to Australia. I did a Flamingo and fluffy clouds. Trust me to jump in at the deep end! hugs Mrs a.

  9. Great website, Christine. Wonderful - thank you for sharing!


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