The best cutting tool for making quilling strips is a personal paper trimmer with replaceable blades that accommodates paper up to 12 inches in length. A trimmer that provides 1/16-inch gridlines for accuracy creates uniform quilling strips with each cut.
A rotary-blade cutter and a self-healing cutting mat with gridlines can also be used to make quilling strips. Some common widths for quilling strips include 1/16, 1/8, 3/8 and 1/4 inches. Quilling paper is available in solid, two-toned and graduated colors and different weights, which react differently to the quilling process. Acid-free paper is recommended for quilling, because it resists discoloring over time.