Saludo bags

blue coffee bag basket

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.

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