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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.

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.

coffee bag basket with zigzag design

Paulig’s Reykjavik and Juhla Mokka coffee packages are combined in this coffee bag basket. Juhla Mokka packages have strips cut from the bottom of the bag, where the back of the package has a monochrome red area. On the other hand, three strips of Reykjavik coffee packets have been randomly cut from each packet, the patterns of which have been arranged when weaving so that neither the white Paulig logo nor the red UTZ logo is visible from the top of the packet.

The width of the strips cut from the coffee packets is 6,8 cm and they are folded into three layers, so the width of the folded strip is 2,3 cm. There are 32 Reykjavik strips in one zigzag layer (11 coffee packets). There are the same 32 pieces of strips cut from Juhla Mokka packets in the zigzag layer and an additional 8 pieces in the bottom square, i.e. a total of 40 pieces (40 coffee packets).

In the video you can watch more detailed instructions for weaving and assembling the basket:

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The height of the finished basket is approx. 17,5 cm and the size of the base is 14 x 14 cm.