Paulig City Coffee bags

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.

colorful coffee bag basket

Paulig’s city coffees have recently a new flavor and there are now seven different colored coffee bags. For these, I can see which flavors are most popular among coffee bag collectors, with orange Barcelona and turquoise Havana bags being the least common. And of course the latest green Singapore which I only had one for this project.

Of all the city coffee bags, I used only the monochrome parts of the top edges for this basket, from which I got to weave the colorful checkered squares. I avoided adjacent squares of the same color by weaving strips of the same color in one square in the same direction. For example, in the top square of the following image, yellow, blue, and an orange stripe are woven in one direction and light blue, pink, and turquoise in the other direction.

When the squares were joined, adjacent parts of the same color appeared at the seams, but this resulted in fewer and smaller monochromatic areas than the intersecting strips woven into the squares. I also laid out the squares in the basket a little differently than usual because I wanted the colors on the sides not to form a regular coloring. In the previous image, you can see how the orange and turquoise strips form every other small square on the same line.

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The squares are first joined together side by side and into a ring shape that forms the sides of the basket. Finally, the base is attached to the rim of the basket. A 1 cm wide gift string has been used for connecting the squares. The upper edge of the basket was left unfinished, because in light use the edge does not unravel easily.