coffee bag bag

coffee bag basket with square weaving

This bag has been waiting to be put together for a long time, because I prefer to keep the squares as squares, rather than ready-made bags, which take up much more space at home. And I only collect the bags when there is a need for it. This bag was given as a gift, so I got rid of a few squares again.

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These squares are woven from old Kulta Katriina coffee bags with a brown background and shiny coffee cups. The almost black squares of the bottom are woven from the bottom edges of coffee bags, which also have a little brown.

I again used black gift ribbon to connect the squares and finished the top edge of the bag with black anorak cord. As a needle, the same old mattress needle with a rounded tip.

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There was enough material left over from the same coffee bags for four squares, where different patterns have been tried out from the coffee saucer. The bottom of the basket has a black square woven from other Kulta Katriina coffee bags.

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.

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.

three kulta katriina bags

The most popular of the Kulta Katriina coffees seems to be traditional, organic and dark roasting. Or at least those bags have accumulated the most in my coffee bag stash. There were a total of 168 of these bags and turned into three unique coffee bag bags.

Three 6,8 cm strips have been cut from each coffee bag: a black strip at the top, a strip with the text Kulta Katriina in the middle and a strip with a coffee berry pattern at the bottom. Each of the three bags is woven from strips cut from the same places in the coffee bags, i.e. the first of the bag is black, the second is a black bag decorated with white Kulta Katriina text and the third is a colorful coffee berry pattern on a black background.

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The colorful bag was designed so that the green organic coffee bags with the coffee berry pattern show the balls, ie the coffee berries and the leaves from the traditional (gold) and dark roast (red). The patterns are composed to form different sized areas of each different color. The design of the pattern was made in advance by computer drawing, which made it easier to weave and the pattern became exactly as desired.

The woven squares were connected with a gift string, anorak cords was threaded on the upper edges of the bags and a 2 cm wide ribbon is used as the carrying straps.

blue saludo coffee bags

You can find a wide variety of treasures from those who have been collecting coffee bags for years, such as these old Saludo coffee bags from years 2012-2013. Two of these woven bags (one is just finished and the other will come later) hold 96 of these coffee bags.

Three strips of 6,8 cm wide and one strip of 5,1 cm wide have been cut from one coffee bag. One bag consists of 6×6 woven squares, eight of which are strips containing bright blue cut from the bottom of the coffee bag (pictured in the top row right and bottom row left). The remaining six squares of the bag are woven from the monochrome dark blue parts of the top edges of the coffee bags.

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The blue and white bag consists of two different strip widths. Four of the squares are 6×6 squares, two are 8×8 squares, and the remaining eight are 6×8 squares. The bag is designed so that wider strips run vertically on the wider sides and narrower strips on the narrow sides. A 2 cm wide strap that can run in a 2,3 cm wide alley is well suited as a carrying strap to be threaded on such wide sides. Of the horizontal strips, the top of the bag is narrow strips and the bottom is wide strips.

Of these Saludo coffee bags, 24 dark blue strips remained from the top of the bag, some of which were torn when opened. The squares are sewn together with a 1 cm wide plastic gift string. The upper edges of the bags are finished with 4 mm polyester anorak cord and a blue ribbon is threaded into the blue-white bag as a carrying strap.

blue coffee bag weaving

Saludo kassien tarvikkeet: punotut ruudut, lahjanaru, nyöri ja t-nauha.

Saludo coffee bags are wonderfully blue. Too bad it is drunk so little that blue bags rarely come from coffee bag recyclers. However, I got enough of different Saludo coffee bags to be able to make a completely blue bag and another blue and white bag from the middle of the bags.

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The all-blue bag is woven from 6×6 squares, but in the blue-and-white bag I also had to use narrower strips, so there are also six 6×8 squares among the 6×6 squares. The narrower strips run around the bag in the lower row of squares.

Tekstillisen Saludo kassin ruudut aseteltuna yhdistämistä varten.
Saludo kahvipusseista punottujen ruutujen yhdistäminen kahvipussikassiksi.

The blue bag has a lot of different shades that Saludo bags have had over the years. Some even look black. I always sew the bags in the same way in long pieces so that there is as little to finish at the end as possible. The seams could definitely be combined into even longer sections, but I find it easier to connect the squares in straight lines so there will be less problems with the corners.

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After joining the squares, I threaded an anorak cord into the top of the bag and a 2 cm blue ribbon for carrying handles.

Saludo kahvipusseista valmistetut kahvipussikassit
Saludo korin puolikas

Of the Saludo strips, there were still narrow strips left enough for a small basket. 14 such strips go into a half-basket, ie there are a total of 28 strips in the basket. The strips are 5.1 cm wide. The halves of the basket are made by weaving two corners of the square at one end. Instructions for weaving corners can be found in square weaving applications.

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The two halves of the basket are combined into a high basket, which works well as a pen jar or a toothbrush basket, for example. The same pieces could also have been made into a long low basket by joining them from different edges.

Pieni Saludo kori

confetti coffee bag bag

The special bags for Juhla Mokka coffee in 2017 were Finland 100 years themed festive confetti-patterned coffee bags. There is plenty of pattern at the top of these bags, which makes pattern design and weaving easy, as there is no need for precise pattern placement. The only challenge with these bags was the reasonably low availability, as with many other seasonally patterned coffee bags. However, clearly more of these have accumulated than, for example, Mother’s Day bags, and weaving an entire bag was possible with little application.

So I had time to collect these bags for about four years and I might have found them somewhere else, but I got tired of waiting and made a bag with the material that I had. This bag used 126 confetti bags and 42 regular Juhla Mokka bags. I used the strips of regular bags for the squares at the bottom of the bag and the bottom three strips for the lower squares at the edges. Six of the squares are completely confetti patterns and two squares are completely non-patterned. The remaining six squares have three unpatterned strips and nine patterned ones.

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The squares are connected with a black gift cord and the top of the bag is finished with black anorak cord. The handles of the bag are made of 2.5 cm wide ribbon, the color of which is quite close to the base color of Juhla Mokka bags. The width of the ribbon is slightly larger than the strips used in the weave, but the weaving had just enough flexibility to thread the ribbon into the weave. In the video you will find more detailed steps for the weaving and making the bag.