Fashionable Bags for Life!
Where you will find stunning, practical, affordable oilcloth tote bags and accessories for countless uses.
Original designs in quality 100% cotton oilcloth, all are handmade by myself here in Devon, England. Exciting fabrics will brighten your day and bring smiles to many faces.
Quintessential gifts for loved ones and friends, you could even treat yourself!
I have over 50 fabric designs to choose from in PVC gloss or soft matt, all only needing a quick wipe with a damp cloth when necessary.
A simple and inexpensive way to update any look, they are ideal bags for all weathers. Strong, lightweight and durable these fold-flat bags are also excellent for holiday getaways.
What is Oilcloth…
Modern oilcloth tends to refer to cotton printed fabrics which are given a hot melt vinyl plastic (PVC) coating in order to get a water resistant and wipe clean finish.
Cotton oilcloth is not to be mistaken with PVC vinyl fabric which is 100% plastic and can rip once sewn.
Cotton oilcloth is a much stronger, hard wearing fabric which makes it ideal for making bespoke bags. This fabric is also easy to keep clean and hygienic.
Oilcloths come in a traditional gloss finish with a high shine, or a subtle matt finish, leaving the result looking more like the original fabric. Both are as strong as each other, however the matt fabric offers more manipulation, making it easier for use with certain bag designs.
Oilcloth is much lighter in weight compared to the traditional leather equivalent, ensuring the bag is not as heavy once full!
Cotton oilcloth comes in such a variety of patterns there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone. In fact, the hardest part of purchasing one of my bags is deciding which fabric to choose first!
The number of Oilcloth designs is forever updating. I try my best to keep up with fashion trends and colours as well as classic patterns.
The story of Nikki’s Original Totes was born after a year of dramatic changes in my then current job as a Civil Servant.
This led me to rethink my whole career.
I had worked for many years as a Retail Manager for Past Times, a well-known High Street gift company. They had been one of the leading stockists of oilcloth tote bags. When the company closed, my Mum and I decided to act upon the concerns of customers who had been asking as to where they were going to buy tote bags in the future.
Seeing a possible gap in the market, I utilised my sewing skills and the early results were well received.
From humble beginnings, selling at the local Town Hall craft market and friends’ houses, I progressed on to Markets, Fairs and County Shows. Now I attend more than 50 events a year.
Fortunately, the increase in sales and demand coincided with my Mum’s retirement, enabling her to ‘come on board’ permanently!
In 2014 I opened an eBay shop, selling my various handmade products in Britain and all over the world. My own e-commerce site was the next natural progression.
More about Nikki…