Presidentti bags

coffee bag basket from two different coffee bags

Different patterns can be woven out of coffee bags, also by using different colored coffee bags mixed up. This basket uses the silver inner part of Presidentti coffee packets and the red textual part of Juhla Mokka bags.

The strips are woven so that there are always two of the same color next to each other.

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When connecting woven squares, the continuity of the pattern is taken into account on the sides of the basket, but the pattern does not continue perfectly on the bottom because of the corners. The basket consists of eight squares, and each square has six Presidentti coffee bag strips and six Juhla Mokka coffee bag strips. There are a total of 96 strips in the basket, half of which are silver and half red. The parts of the basket are connected with a 1 cm wide gift string and the gift string has also been used to finish the upper edge of the basket. The size of the finished basket is approximately 15x30x15 cm.

small basket with tilted design and holes

This weaving technique combines square weaving and windmill weaving. Woven squares are half the width of a standard woven square. The length left over from the strips is embedded in the adjacent square. The squares are therefore always woven next to each other, so they no longer need to be sewn together at the end as in square weaving. The finished basket therefore contains only one material, and no separate threads or ribbons are needed. At the end, there are strips left to hang on the edge of the woven basket, but they can be finished by e.g. threading them hidden inside the basket. There are definitely neater ways, but this way doesn’t require gluing or sewing.

The width of the strips is slightly wider than in 8×8 square weaving, i.e. 8 strips in a parallel woven square. This is because there is no need to leave extra room for the hinges, but only as much as is needed for weaving or inaccuracy of folding. The strip width in this 15,3 cm wide Presidentti coffee bag is 5,4 cm. About 6 coffee bags are enough for this basket.

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The size of this basket is approx. 9x9x9 cm.

baskets with four corner pieces

Four corner pieces form a small square-based basket. The width and depth of the basket are the length of the coffee bag width, height is half of the coffee bag width.

The three corners of the first basket are woven from the silver-colored insides of the Presidentti coffee bags. The fourth corner is woven from Juhla Mokka dark roast from the tops of the coffee bags with a wide black stripe on a brown background and thin metallic red stripes.

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The second basket is woven from 5.1 cm wide Juhla Mokka strips. With these narrower strips, the basket feels a little more upright. The third coffee bag basket is woven from strips of Presidentti bags of different widths. The widths of the strips are 5,1 cm; 6,8 cm and 9 cm. There are three widths in each one of the corner pieces.

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The parts of the baskets are connected by a gift string, which has also been used to finish the top edges of the baskets.

gold and silver coffee bag weaving

Suorakulmion muotoinen ruutupunonnalla valmistettu ruutu Presidentti ja Kulta Mokka kahvipusseista.

Less often, non-square shapes are made with square weaving, but once I got excited to try combining bags of different sizes, I could’t leave in one square. This rectangle combines the Kulta Mokka bags and the silver inner layer of the Presidentti bags. The Kulta Mokka bags have been cut to a width of 6.8 cm used in 6×6 squares and a new width of 8.1 cm has been calculated for the Presidentti bags.

I decided to use these rectangle pieces to make a basket where the shorter side of the rectangle becomes the height of the basket. So the bottom square had to be woven from Kulta Mokka bags with the strip width of the Presidentti bags in the side squares. This way the hinges fit together and the bottom square size is correct. I used a silver gift cord to join the squares and finish the top.

Korin kappaleet

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Presidentti ja Kulta Mokka kahvipusseista punottu kori.

This became a nicely bigger basket than, for example, a cube basket made from Presidentti bags alone. The proportions also seem great.

zigzag and two triangles on a basket

As a result of a weaving experiment, a small basket was created, in which the bottom consists of a zigzag-woven piece of Juhla Mokka coffee bags and the top of two woven triangles of Presidentti coffee bags. There are square holes left on two sides of the basket. The upper edge of the basket is reinforced with metal wire to keep it in shape. The dimensions of the basket are approx. 11x11x16 cm.

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