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coffee bag bag with squaremill weaving

Over the years, I’ve woven dozens of coffee bags, but all of them have been with the same square weaving technique. Only the coffee bags and the width of the strips have been in the bags have varied. Lately, however, I’ve tried different weaving techniques and designed bag projects using them as well. Here is the first experiment with squaremill weaving.

Kulta Katriina’s packages have recently changed to a matte surface and a slightly more patterned direction. While still collecting them, it is good to use older models, which I have managed to accumulate quite a lot, especially traditional and organic ones. In this bag, the strips are cut so that there is a yellow or green stripe at the bottom of the strip. The upper part of the strip is black with Kulta Katriina text.

I designed the bag so that the horizontal strips are from organic coffee with green stripes and the vertical strips have yellow stripes from packets of traditional coffee. The bottom of the bag has strips with yellow stripes. The yellow and green stripes are also placed in the bag always in the same direction. Green at the top of the strips and yellow at the left.

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In the video, you can watch instructions for making the bag.

162 coffee bags have been used in the bag. 66 pcs green and 96 pcs yellow. There are therefore a total of 162 strips.

The strip size is 15 x 7,2 cm and the width of the folded strip is 2,4 cm.

The size of the bottom of the bag is 15 x 30 cm and the height is 27,5 cm, which is one strip lower than the bag made with square weaving.

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.

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.

experimenting with corner pieces

Ketjukuvioiset kappaleet ketjukuvioista koria varten.

There have been so many samples of square weaving in this website project that I wanted to make baskets for storage that are easy to browse. Baskets with the height of a half-square can be woven using corner pieces, and in addition, traditional squares have been used here to make the basket elongated and to hold more squares in it. Juhla Mokka was chosen as the material for the baskets, because I have already made enough bags from it. The first basket was made of chain-patterned Juhla Mokka squares.

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The corner pieces are connected in the same way as the squares. In this basket, the hinges are only in the middle of the flat surfaces of the basket and it is easier to cover them. The corners also become smoother when they have no knots or other seams on them. The chain pattern continues nicely around the entire basket and the basket is solid red on the inside and bottom.

Ketjukuvioinen Juhla Mokka kahvipussikori.
Juhla Mokka kahvipusseista valmistettuja ruutuja ja kulmia korin valmistamista varten.

The second basket came with 8×8 corner pieces and 6×8 squares in the middle. Juhla Mokka bags always leave much narrower strips from the bottom and the top parts of the bags due to the tearing of the edges, so now I was able to use them as well.

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The different widths look nice in the basket, but don’t stand out too much. There are also different shades of red in the basket, because the strips are cut from Juhla Mokka bags in different places and the same strip may already have different shades.

Juhla Mokka kahvipusseista valmistettu matala pitkulainen kori.
Punottuja ruutuja ruutupunonnalla valmistetuissa koreissa.

One basket can hold about 40 squares and the examples of the coffee bags that have been used for the weaving.

kulta katriina basket

Remaining from the previous Kulta Katriina traditional woven basket, the lower parts of the bags remained, resulting in a basket of eight square and four corner pieces. The strips used are cut from the part where the front of the coffee pack has a gold-colored pattern and the sides are black. A total of 132 strips went to make the basket.

The patterns are arranged in a woven square in the shape of a cross and in the corner piece respectively, but on three smaller sides.

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The pieces were joined with a gift string and the top of the basket was finished with black anorak cord. The size of the finished basket is approx. 22,5 x 30 x 15 cm.

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.

kulta katriina coffee bag basket

Kulta Katriina coffee bags have had different coffee cup patterns over the years and two different ones have been combined in this basket. Of these, the older ones (on the right with brown backgrounds) are from 2007-2008 and the newer ones from 2012-2014.

Two squares of the basket are woven from brown coffee bags on the right, joining strips cut from different parts of the bag. The other six squares are woven from the black and yellow coffee bags on the left. There are two squares of each design woven with different patterns. Each side of the basket has different patterns and the bottom contains two different patterns. Instructions for cutting into squares can be found in the weaving patterns.

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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.