rainbow basket

Rainbow coffee bags have become so different model squares while creating content for this website that I already had enough for a large basket. I turned some of the red squares at the top and bottom of the bags into corner pieces. One red square remained for the bottom of the basket. The remaining 13 squares are all different.

The squares and corners are connected in the usual way with a gift string. The bottom looks like every other square is red and every other is patterned.

The upper edge of the basket was finished with string. The pattern of the basket became quite mixed, but still works well for storing goods in a closet, for example.

Kolme pientä eri mallista kahvipussikoria Juhla Mokka pusseista punottuna

small red baskets

Pienten Juhla Mokka kahvipussikorien kappaleet.

Of the previous Juhla Mokka bags, there were all the top edges of the coffee bags left. Some of the remaining pieces were enough for 6,8 cm strips, but the torn bags I had to cut strips 5,1 cm wide and weaved 6×8 and 8×8 squares and corner pieces.

In addition to the left over pieces, I cut strips from Juhla Mokka 100 g serving bags, of which I weaved 6×6 rectangular squares. This basket is based on a 6×6 square woven from Juhla Mokka bags. The sides consist of horizontal strips of 5 cm wide three-fold folded and vertical strips of 6,8 cm wide three-fold folded from the smaller sachets.

Juhla Mokka kahvipusseista ja pienemmistä annospusseista koria varten punotut ruudut.
Kolme pientä eri mallista kahvipussikoria Juhla Mokka pusseista punottuna

The end result is a high basket combined of two two-cornered pieces to store pens, for example. The second basket is long and narrow and stacked from two identical two-corner pieces and two 6×8 squares. The third basket is a combination of large and small Juhla Mokka bags slightly lower than a cube basket.

juhla mokka bags

Again, so many old Juhla Mokka bags had accumulated in my stash that it was good time to weave a couple of Juhla Mokka bags again. The small cube baskets are well suited for storing coffee bags and all the 168 bags you need for the bags were packed on this one.

First, I cut black and white strips from the coffee bags. For the second strip, I wanted to try new patterns and cut them below the black and white strips. I braided the strips so that the center of the coffee cup remains visible and the coffee cups of the four strips form one cluster. This resulted in four different options, from which I chose the model in the upper right corner, where the foam in the coffee forms a light dot in the coffee cup pattern.

I also tried different patterns on the black and white strips, but it’s harder to see the differences from them, so I used all the different variations on the same bag.

I placed the coffee cup patterns on the bag so that they run as diagonal stripes on the sides of the bag. It was not possible to continue the stripes seamlessly at the bottom of the bag, but this way the patterns do not hit side by side and are always the most angular.

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I tested a different type of joining of squares in these bags. I usually connected the squares of the black and white bag from the hinges first and pulled the strips from the top of the square in front of the hinges. Here are pictures before and after joining from the same point. By comparing the same points on the strips, you can see how much the pattern moved when the squares were joined. An example is the point circled in yellow.

In the second bag, I sewed the hinges normally, after which I pulled the strip I wanted from the inside of the bag onto the hinge and pulled the space left under the square outside the bag on the hinge. This avoided spinning the strips in the finished bag, which is quite challenging.

I always finish the top of the bag with a string, which I tie and thread inside the bag into the first couple of strips. This makes it easy to remove the cord if you need to hang reflectors or other decorations on the edge of the bag, for example.

Lastly, I threaded the blue ribbon outside the bag and sew the ends of the ribbon.

zig zag weaving and square weaving in one basket

This coffee bag basket is combined with square weaving and zig zag weaving. The basket is the same size as the basket of two corner pieces and two triangles. The only difference is the turning of the edge, which makes the edge thicker and because of this a few more strips go into the basket as well. 12 strips went to the bottom of this basket and 24 to the edges.

The bottom of the basket is a plain woven square, the corners of which are also visible on the sides of the basket. The rest of the sides of the basket are formed by zig zag weaving.

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The parts of the basket are connected by a gift string, which has also been used to turn the corners of the edge. You can watch the full tutorial of the basket in the video:

The size of the finished basket is approx. 10,5 x 10,5 x 10,5 cm and it is perfect for storing small items, for example in a bathroom mirror cabinet.

basket made from small coffee bags with windmill weaving

Juhla Mokka serving bags are smaller in width and are well suited for windmill weaving. These bags with golden tops are from 2004-2006. The width of the bags is 12 cm.

In windmill weaving, there are four strips for one width of the coffee bag, which means that the strip to be cut according to the calculation formula in the lower picture is 8,5 cm wide. The folded strip is about 2,9 cm wide. Some of the bags had been cut open a little lower, making the top edges uneven. However, this does not hurt, as long as the uneven strip width is taken into account in the folding.

Folding these narrower bags is a bit challenging, but looking at the patterns on the bag, the fold lines are easy to define fairly accurately. In these strips, the pattern is determined by the fact that the upper edge of the strip is cut from the upper edge of the “paahtoastemittari” mark on the back of the bag.

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The strips are woven so that in one windmill all strips have the same end of the strip. This is, of course, impossible in forming the corners, but the windmills containing the different ends of the strips are hidden at the bottom of the basket.

In the video you can see the weaving of the basket. The size of the finished basket is about 21 x 20 x 28 cm and 115 coffee bags went into this basket.

zigzag woven coffee bag basket

Zigzag weaving works in many respects in the same way as square weaving. The strip width is calculated in the same way and the pattern design can be done in the same way. The weavingis starts in the same way, but after half a square the direction is reversed and the weavingis continues to form a zigzag shape. The woven pieces are also joined like squares by sewing from the hinges. The zigzag queue can also be combined with turns, in which case the weaving direction is turned twice in the same direction. The picture below shows an example of changing direction. A change of direction is needed in building the base of the basket.

The sides of the basket or bag are formed of solid zigzag rings. Three of those rings are woven for this basket.

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The innermost layer of the bottom of the basket is woven from 24 strips, the outermost layer from 72 strips and there are 84 strips in each edge layer. So a total of 348 strips. The width of the coffee bag is 14,8 cm and the width of the strip is 6,8 cm. In the video you can see the whole steps of weaving the basket:

The size of the basket is about 31 x 31 x 41 cm. A lower or higher basket can be obtained by reducing or adding the edge layers.

colorful coffee bag basket

The previous Paulig city coffee project left me a lot of material and resulted in a multicolored combination of text and patterned strips. I ended up weaving an elongated basket out of them that fits even in a bathroom mirror cabinet that the deeper baskets don’t fit.

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The strips were cut into this basket just from the top of the bags side by side, and the layout takes into account that the Paulig logos and barcodes on the back of the bag do not appear outside the basket. The basket consists of three triangles, two corner pieces and one square. The size of the basket is approx. 10,5 x 21 x 10,5 cm. You can watch the construction of the basket in the video:

yellow coffee bag bag

Paulig’s coffee package selection includes two different colors of yellow that I decided to combine into one bag. The material in the coffee packs has a matte finish and is sure to get dirty much faster than a glossy finish, but you have to be careful where to store it.

Top parts of 83 Paulig New York coffee packages and 85 yellow Brazil coffee bags have been used for this bag. I would have used 84 and 84, but I had too few New York bags. The strips cut from the coffee bags are 6,8 cm wide and are folded in triplicate, making the folded strip about 2,3 cm wide. The folds of the package remain visible on the strips at the top edges, giving it more texture to the surface of the solid weave.

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The two-color squares can be arranged nicely in the bag so that the light and dark parts vary on the surface in every other small square in the weave. However, the corners of the bottom confuse the pattern a bit and at the ends of the bottom of the bag, squares of the same color hit each other. This, of course, is not seen when using a bag.

In the video you can see instructions on how to make the whole bag:

The squares of the bag are joined with a white gift ribbon, the top edge is finished with black anorak strings and the handles are made of 2 cm wide purple ribbon. The size of the bag is approx. 30 x 30 x 15 cm.

black and white envelope purse

I decided to try a weave a small envelope from coffee bags and use the black and white Juhla Mokka squares waiting for it. An envelope needs one square, one triangle, and two corner pieces. There are six strips in one corner, so I got to convert one finished square into two corners.

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The challenge in weaving a triangle is to design the pattern as the strips are turned in the middle of the weaving. For Juhla Mokka bags, this will not work if the goal is a black and white triangle. There would be one red spot on the edge of the triangle. As a solution to this problem, coffee bag strips have been chosen instead, which are almost completely black and thus well suited for weaving a black triangle. After all, that triangle doesn’t show much under the flap of the envelope and brings even a nice detail as a black stripe to the edge of the flap.

The corner pieces from Juhla Mokka bags can be woven in black and white and two corners are needed for this envelope. The pieces are connected in the usual way with a gift string. The edge of the envelope flap is finished with black cord, which is also threaded through the long edge of the triangle. This prevents the edge from coming loose.

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A magnetic clip has been added to the flap to close the envelope. The half of the magnetic clip on the flap is attached through the innermost strip, so that the fastener is not visible outside the flap. Holes for magnets can be easily made with sharp-edged scissors, as long as they do not become too large.

juhla mokka coffee bag basket with tilted square design

After several baskets and bags of white and black Juhla Mokka, there was quite a lot left overs from the coffee bags. From the lower parts of these bags, I created a low storage basket for my hat shelf, where the hats and gloves are easily buried behind other stuff and it is difficult to find what I’m looking for.

The strip width of these Juhla Mokka bags is 5,4 cm, which when folded is 1,8 cm. The patterns are arranged as a windmill pattern.

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In this weaving technique, the arrangement of the patterns is easy when the squares are not sewn, which makes the strips easily move to the wrong position a couple of millimetres.

Small holes are formed in the basket, but it doesn’t matter with the storage of mittens and hats. It may be a good idea to get some ventilation after use.

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There were 242 strips in this basket. The number of strips can be calculated from the number of squares in the basket, plus the number of strips folded on the upper edge:

56 (squares) x 4 strips + 18 (edge squares) x 1 strip = 242 strips

Four strips could have been cut from one intact coffee package. That is, if weaving a particular pattern is not of interest or monochrome coffee packages are used, then 61 intact coffee packages should suffice for this basket. The dimensions of the finished basket are approx. 17 x 32 x 39 cm.