Have A Latte With Travel Bags

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Coffee Chemistry pattern on Etsy

Coffee Meter pattern on Etsy

 

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!

 

 

Crossbody Hand Bag With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Coffee Chemistry pattern on Etsy

 

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.

 

 

Crossbody Hand Bag With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

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.

 

 

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Coffee Meter pattern on Etsy

 

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.

 

 

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

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.

 

 

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

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.

 
-Soma
 
 

56 thoughts on “Have A Latte With Travel Bags

  • Sarah Goer April 26, 2015 at 12:34

    Fun bags! I really like the Coffee Meter design. Have a great time in Sweden. Thanks for linking up with me for TGIFF.

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  • Wendy April 23, 2015 at 13:53

    What a clever bag you’ve made. You must have a lot of patience to do all that paper piecing. I’m sure it will be very useful. Thank you for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday.

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  • Cathy April 23, 2015 at 10:30

    I am going to a make your Coffee Travel bags for my three nieces. They`ll love them.

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  • Joanne H. April 22, 2015 at 07:29

    These bags are adorable and the coffee meter is just so darn cute! Thanks for sharing your projects with us.

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  • Brenda April 21, 2015 at 14:23

    Love your caffeine molecule bag, as well as the “Coffee Meter.” Just had to make another pot of coffee after catching up on this blog hop!

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  • Renee April 20, 2015 at 14:43

    Great choice of fabrics for these! I love the chemistry one!

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  • Lorna McMahon April 20, 2015 at 09:14

    Both your bags turned out beautifully, Soma. Love those coffee themed blocks! Hope you are feeling better now!

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  • Lana April 20, 2015 at 07:45

    BRAVO!!!! These are just PERFECT!!!! Great job! and who doesn’t need one…. LOVE THIS IDEA!

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  • Lara B. April 19, 2015 at 07:13

    “Fellow Percolators” That is funny Soma!
    Your Coffee Chemistry and Coffee Meter bags are terrific. They make me smile! I bet a lot of people will stop you and want to know where you got them.

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  • apple blossom April 18, 2015 at 18:57

    cute bag

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  • Sunshine Girl April 18, 2015 at 09:11

    Your bags are just so lovely thanks for sharing them. Hope you have a fabulous trip to Sweden too – that’s somewhere that’s on my wish list to visit one day too.

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  • Janarama April 17, 2015 at 19:55

    Great bags for your trip to Sweden!

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  • Lynette April 17, 2015 at 12:55

    These bags are super clever, super cute, and look to be very handy. :D

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  • Susie April 17, 2015 at 12:43

    Your bags are just gorgeous! I love both of your paper pieced patterns, too. How cool that these fabrics were just what you needed to make the chemistry coffee block into the perfect bag!! I think you will love using the bags in Sweden! Those back pockets are so handy! I love your addition to the blog hop!!

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  • Crafty Ashley B April 17, 2015 at 06:19

    Love these bags!!! So cute and I love the idea of an open pocket in the back! Perfect to slip small books or a Kindle into! Thanks for sharing this!

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  • Cheryl April 17, 2015 at 05:15

    I love the bags you turned your blocks into! Cross body bags are so great for traveling, keeping everything close and your hands free.

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  • Carla April 16, 2015 at 21:10

    Great bags! I don’t know which one I like best. The coffee meter makes me giggle. Love the colors in that one.

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  • Marlene April 16, 2015 at 19:21

    I love your bag! And I drink iced chai lattes every single day – way too many calories so I have to give up something else but they’re worth it. :) blessings, marlene

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  • Cori April 16, 2015 at 19:21

    I can’t decide which bag I love more. These are such cute and modern looking bags. LOVE them both!

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  • LJ April 16, 2015 at 19:09

    Both of your bags are so cute. I love that you tied in the design to coffee, too. Wow, a trip to Sweden sounds fabulous. Enjoy your trip and your coffee.

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  • Amy April 16, 2015 at 19:02

    Those are really very cute. I love the designs that you created. Very modern and sew cool!!

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  • BarbCarol April 16, 2015 at 15:25

    A caffeine molecule … never would have thought of that in a lifetime. Love those large buttons on the second bag.

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  • selina April 16, 2015 at 15:25

    Wonderful bags. Love the base blocks and how you tied it all together with the fabric line.

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  • Allison CB April 16, 2015 at 14:39

    Love the caffeine molecule on the bag!!! :)

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  • Janine April 16, 2015 at 14:06

    Great bags! A trip to Sweden is certainly something to look forward to. I hope you are feeling better now :)

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  • Kathleen April 16, 2015 at 12:33

    I love this bag!!!! Soma, you are amazing!

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  • Dixie April 16, 2015 at 11:07

    O my. I love these bags. Will you make any to sell?
    A trip to Sweden you say. How exciting. Good for you, Soma!

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  • MoeWest April 16, 2015 at 10:27

    What great bags! I really love the coffee meter cup and the coffee chemistry designs.

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  • Terry April 16, 2015 at 10:11

    What fun, and very useful, bags you designed…and perfect for traveling!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  • Mary Ann April 16, 2015 at 10:06

    Bothe bags are great and should e very handy on your trip. Great job for your first bag designs. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Candice April 16, 2015 at 09:45

    Now that’s a great idea! Great bag designs!

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  • Renee April 16, 2015 at 07:27

    Your bags both turned out fantastic! I love, love, love the coffee meter bag. Perfect!

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  • Bobbie April 16, 2015 at 07:12

    What FUN bags! Can’t wait to see more projects percolating. I must explore this blog

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  • Joan April 16, 2015 at 07:08

    What cute bags…and I love the coffee meter and chemestry block! I definately need those around here! ;-)

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  • sherry April 16, 2015 at 07:04

    Your Latte bags are very clever. Thank you sew very much for Latte Hopping and participating. Creative Latte Bliss…

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  • Mary April 16, 2015 at 07:03

    Your bags are just adorable, Soma. They look like the perfect size too. Both front are fabulous….love the caffeine, but the coffee meter is soooo perfect.

    My husband’s family is from Sweden so I will be interested in hearing all about your trip. I’m sure you will love it.

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  • Pat April 16, 2015 at 06:55

    Your travel bags are sew sweet, Soma! The coffee chemistry block is sew creative. I love the way you combine colors. Thanks for sharing … :) Pat

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  • Carol April 16, 2015 at 06:35

    Those bags are so cute and the perfect size for travel! A trip to Sweden sounds so exciting and I’m sure those bags will be just the right size for carrying around your stuff. Fun!

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  • krislovesfabric April 16, 2015 at 06:12

    Ooh, Sweden…sounds like a great destination :) Your blocks and bags look perfect for travel, and your adjustable straps look so professional!

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  • evelyn April 16, 2015 at 05:48

    Enjoy your trip to Sweden. These beautiful bags showcase your design talent so well.

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  • Linda Winters April 16, 2015 at 05:41

    Your projects are all perfect for that trip to Sweden! I hope it happens and you have a great time!

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  • Cathy April 16, 2015 at 05:35

    Your bags are fabulous! So much fun. I enjoyed my visit!

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  • Mdm Samm April 16, 2015 at 05:35

    an absolute perky idea..love the pp to the max

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  • Kathy h April 16, 2015 at 05:26

    Love your bags. I don’t drink coffee but so many of my family and friends do and would enjoy those bags so much.

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  • Marian April 16, 2015 at 05:18

    I love the bags. I’m traveling myself next week and these would be perfect. I saw the coffee meter pattern on Craftsy, and actually debated about getting that myself.. If I wasn’t so bogged down sewing for my trip, I might whip out some bags myself, but I’m gonna be sewing until the day we leave.

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  • Susan April 16, 2015 at 04:43

    Clever and cute cross-body bags. The best kind to have. I hope you enjoy your trip to Sweden.

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  • Marjorie April 16, 2015 at 04:32

    ohhhhhh these bags are wonderful!! such a unique idea!!!!!

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  • Dorian April 16, 2015 at 04:04

    What cute bags! You did a really nice job on them.

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  • Elizabeth April 16, 2015 at 03:33

    Your bags are fantastic, and I really love the “Coffee Meter” block you designed!

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  • Maria April 16, 2015 at 00:02

    Your bags are gorgeous, Soma! What a great find that coffee bean fabric was…it is amazing how much we learn from other bloggers :-)

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  • Julie B April 15, 2015 at 23:18

    Thanks for sharing a cup of coffee with us!

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  • Anita April 15, 2015 at 22:52

    Love your bags; you are a great designer!

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  • Jane April 15, 2015 at 22:23

    What a great idea…Travel bags! I love them, they are so pretty and practical.

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  • Beth Strand April 15, 2015 at 22:23

    I love your bags! I’m working away on mine but hit a bit of a road block when my cut out pieces ended up quilted to the back of another project! lol Thanks for sharing! Beth @ Words & Stitches

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  • Corrie April 15, 2015 at 22:04

    i love bags, and you are right, we could not have asked for a better theme. Thanks for sharing our day!

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  • Judy B April 15, 2015 at 21:17

    Love your sweet bags! Thank you for sharing.

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