square weaving applications

long basket from coffee bags

The cheerful yellow color of the Brazil coffee packets is a wonderful change to all the red and brown coffee packets. The middle part of the package is used for this basket, with black text and patterns on the back.

In the video you can see the cutting of the strips and the weaving of the square:

This basket consists of two 8×8 squares and two two corner pieces. The total amount of strips used for this basket is 60. The two corner pieces are at the ends of the oblong basket and the squares are in the middle. The seams in the basket hit the middle of the bottom along the entire length and vertically at both ends of the basket on the larger sides of the basket.

The pieces are connected with a black gift string, which has also been used to finish the edge hinges. The size of the basket is 11,5×7,5×22,5cm.

small coffee bag basket from corner pieces and triangles

Light blue Reykjavik and pink Sydney coffee packets have been used for this basket. The material is bags left over from a multi-colored cube basket, from which the mono-colored parts of the upper parts have been used.

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Triangles and corner pieces are woven from coffee bags by mixing strips of two different colors.

This small basket consists of two corner pieces and two triangles. The four parts of the basket are connected with a gift ribbon and a gift ribbon is also strung on the upper edge of the basket as reinforcement. The size of the basket is approximately 10,5 x 10,5 x 10,5 cm.

colorful coffee bag basket

The previous Paulig city coffee project left me a lot of material and resulted in a multicolored combination of text and patterned strips. I ended up weaving an elongated basket out of them that fits even in a bathroom mirror cabinet that the deeper baskets don’t fit.

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The strips were cut into this basket just from the top of the bags side by side, and the layout takes into account that the Paulig logos and barcodes on the back of the bag do not appear outside the basket. The basket consists of three triangles, two corner pieces and one square. The size of the basket is approx. 10,5 x 21 x 10,5 cm. You can watch the construction of the basket in the video:

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.

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.

large white and black coffee bag basket

These older Juhla Mokka coffee bags are one of my all time favorite, because of the alignment of the white parts of the logos on the bag. In the newer Juhla Mokka bags the logos are not aligned with each other, so it is impossible to weave this type of white and black design. There are 156 strips in the basket that have been cut one/coffee bag. The rest of the coffee bag material is enough for couple of other projects.

This basket consists of nine squares, five triangles and two corner pieces. You can see how the weaving technique of the triangle effects on the design the way that not all the parts of the triangle are white based. Luckily only one little triangle is showing red on each woven triangle so it doesn’t effect the whole design that much.

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The pieces are joined wit 1 cm wide gift string. See the whole making of the basket on the video below:

As you can see there are few red parts on the edge of the basket, but it is quite unnoticeable, because the inside of the basket is the same color.

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.