Black Coffee and lattes flow pretty freely in our home. A few years ago, we got a cappuccino machine and my husband slowly perfected the art of making lattes, cappuccinos and espressos at home. I drink pretty light black coffee, but my espresso drinks would keep a spoon upright. I have a pretty big selection of tea too. There’s of course also chai latte. I love them so much more than carbonated drinks. No wonder I perked up when I saw this blog hop theme!
This Coffee Chemistry block had been collecting dust in my cabinet for a while. That’s the caffeine molecule found in coffee and tea. I knew I wanted to make a bag with this block from the very beginning, but the perfect coordinating fabric eluded me until I found the coffee bean fabric. When the fabric arrived, I worked out a pattern for crossbody bags, which I am very fond of. The pale green coffee bean fabric compliments my green block so well. I added the blue zipper for a little punch of colour against the brown adjustable strap.
I also added a back pocket along with an inside pocket. I’m hoping for a trip to Sweden in the very near future. Coincidentally, the book fits perfectly in the back pocket. I have been using this bag since the day I made it.
I also needed to make a bag that was a little larger than the green Coffee Chemistry bag. Last week I was feeling very sleepy all the time due to combined doses of allergy and cold medicines. As the coffee in my cup diminished, so did my energy level. Mimicking that, I drew a Coffee Meter quilt pattern. I then promptly proceeded to make the block followed by the bag, using a cream version of the coffee bean fabric this time. I love the yellow-orange zipper against the grey strap, it is one of my favourite colour combinations. I also added a set of grey buttons, which I had handy, at the base of the straps.
There is extra room in the back pocket, even after I put my iPad in there. I don’t carry very large bags, this one is a perfect size for day trips and air travel. Along with my usual content, I can easily carry a couple of books, a water bottle, my sketchbook etc. in this one.
The Sweden guide book tells me that Fika or “to have coffee” is a very integral part of the Swedish culture. I am excitedly looking forward to exploring that culture. These are my first self-designed bags and they are definitely going to come along with me.