I collected all my blue and partially blue coffee bags from my coffee bag storage for testing the new weaving technique. There were over 100 coffee bags and most of them were even the same width. The old Meiran Reilu coffee bags are a few millimeters narrower, but that didn’t matter in this technique, because the narrower bags can be woven around the top edge of the basket so that the end of the strip remains to be folded over the edge, and does not tighten in the middle when the it is too short.
In this weaving technique, the width of the coffee bag is divided into six parts and squares are woven with eight strips. The ends of the strips, the width of two strips, are left outside the square, which are used to connect the squares. In this basket, the strip width is 7,2 cm and there are a total of 302 strips.
The squares are laid out according to the picture above and the two adjacent squares are connected to each other with two strips that are the same width as the strips in the squares. The ends of the strips connecting the squares are braided together. This creates a woven surface consisting of 4×4 squares, 2×4 squares and 2×2 squares. And between these, a hole pattern is formed, which brings a funny different look to the otherwise usual braided surface.
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This basket consists of 26 woven squares. The bottom of the basket is 2×3 squares and the sides are two squares high. The size of the basket is approximately 30x32x48 cm.
A serrated edge is formed on the upper edge of the basket, which is finished by folding the ends of the strips to hide inside the basket. This technique does not require any kind of sewing or gluing for finishing, but the basket as a whole consists of just coffee bags. Of course, if you want, you can finish the edge of a basket that will be used harder, for example with rivets, so that the ends of the strips do not open. You can see the formation of the corners and the edge in the video below.