coffee bag weaving

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.

juhla mokka coffee bag basket with tilted square design

After several baskets and bags of white and black Juhla Mokka, there was quite a lot left overs from the coffee bags. From the lower parts of these bags, I created a low storage basket for my hat shelf, where the hats and gloves are easily buried behind other stuff and it is difficult to find what I’m looking for.

The strip width of these Juhla Mokka bags is 5,4 cm, which when folded is 1,8 cm. The patterns are arranged as a windmill pattern.

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In this weaving technique, the arrangement of the patterns is easy when the squares are not sewn, which makes the strips easily move to the wrong position a couple of millimetres.

Small holes are formed in the basket, but it doesn’t matter with the storage of mittens and hats. It may be a good idea to get some ventilation after use.

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There were 242 strips in this basket. The number of strips can be calculated from the number of squares in the basket, plus the number of strips folded on the upper edge:

56 (squares) x 4 strips + 18 (edge squares) x 1 strip = 242 strips

Four strips could have been cut from one intact coffee package. That is, if weaving a particular pattern is not of interest or monochrome coffee packages are used, then 61 intact coffee packages should suffice for this basket. The dimensions of the finished basket are approx. 17 x 32 x 39 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.

juhla vuosi coffee bag basket

After weaving the confetti-patterned bag, there was still some confetti parts left of the coffee bags. In these, however, logos and texts are in the way, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the pattern wouldn’t look great anyway. The width of the cut strips is 6,8 cm.

This basket consists of four squares and four corner pieces. The strips are arranged symmetrically so that the white areas come from the visible parts of the strip to the middle and the angle points outwards from the center of the square. The strips are also arranged in the same way on corner pieces.

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The pieces of the coffee bag basket are connected to each other with a gift cord, which has also been used to cover the seams (instruction on the video above). The top of the basket was left unfinished. The size of the finished basket is about 22,5 x 15 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.

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.

Presidentti ja Kulta Mokka kahvipusseista punottu kori.

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.

yellow and black coffee bag basket

In the traditional Kulta Katriina coffee bag runs in the middle of the bag horizontally a yellow stripe on a black background. This stripe formed a pattern for this coffee bag basket.

The basket consists of five woven squares, four corner pieces and four triangles. One of the squares is at the bottom of the basket and the other four are on the sides of the basket. The corners form the corners of the basket. The triangles form the top of the basket. The pieces are connected with a gift string and the gift string has also been threaded to the top of the basket to reinforce the oblique edge of the triangles.

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Saludo kahvipusseista valmistetut kahvipussikassit

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