square weaving applications

zig zag weaving and square weaving in one basket

This coffee bag basket is combined with square weaving and zig zag weaving. The basket is the same size as the basket of two corner pieces and two triangles. The only difference is the turning of the edge, which makes the edge thicker and because of this a few more strips go into the basket as well. 12 strips went to the bottom of this basket and 24 to the edges.

The bottom of the basket is a plain woven square, the corners of which are also visible on the sides of the basket. The rest of the sides of the basket are formed by zig zag weaving.

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The parts of the basket are connected by a gift string, which has also been used to turn the corners of the edge. You can watch the full tutorial of the basket in the video:

The size of the finished basket is approx. 10,5 x 10,5 x 10,5 cm and it is perfect for storing small items, for example in a bathroom mirror cabinet.

zigzag woven coffee bag basket

Zigzag weaving works in many respects in the same way as square weaving. The strip width is calculated in the same way and the pattern design can be done in the same way. The weavingis starts in the same way, but after half a square the direction is reversed and the weavingis continues to form a zigzag shape. The woven pieces are also joined like squares by sewing from the hinges. The zigzag queue can also be combined with turns, in which case the weaving direction is turned twice in the same direction. The picture below shows an example of changing direction. A change of direction is needed in building the base of the basket.

The sides of the basket or bag are formed of solid zigzag rings. Three of those rings are woven for this basket.

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The innermost layer of the bottom of the basket is woven from 24 strips, the outermost layer from 72 strips and there are 84 strips in each edge layer. So a total of 348 strips. The width of the coffee bag is 14,8 cm and the width of the strip is 6,8 cm. In the video you can see the whole steps of weaving the basket:

The size of the basket is about 31 x 31 x 41 cm. A lower or higher basket can be obtained by reducing or adding the edge layers.

black and white envelope purse

I decided to try a weave a small envelope from coffee bags and use the black and white Juhla Mokka squares waiting for it. An envelope needs one square, one triangle, and two corner pieces. There are six strips in one corner, so I got to convert one finished square into two corners.

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The challenge in weaving a triangle is to design the pattern as the strips are turned in the middle of the weaving. For Juhla Mokka bags, this will not work if the goal is a black and white triangle. There would be one red spot on the edge of the triangle. As a solution to this problem, coffee bag strips have been chosen instead, which are almost completely black and thus well suited for weaving a black triangle. After all, that triangle doesn’t show much under the flap of the envelope and brings even a nice detail as a black stripe to the edge of the flap.

The corner pieces from Juhla Mokka bags can be woven in black and white and two corners are needed for this envelope. The pieces are connected in the usual way with a gift string. The edge of the envelope flap is finished with black cord, which is also threaded through the long edge of the triangle. This prevents the edge from coming loose.

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A magnetic clip has been added to the flap to close the envelope. The half of the magnetic clip on the flap is attached through the innermost strip, so that the fastener is not visible outside the flap. Holes for magnets can be easily made with sharp-edged scissors, as long as they do not become too large.

Ketjukuvioinen Juhla Mokka kahvipussikori.

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.

small basket from coffee packages

This basket has been woven from Segafredo Intenso coffee packages. There are 12 loop shaped strips (15,2cm x 5,1cm) that are folded two times to make three layered loop shaped strips. Four strips are cut from one coffee package and three coffee bags make one basket.

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Watch the video tutorial for more information:

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.

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.

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.

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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more size and shape options for baskets >

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