Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!

Muslin is one of the earliest cotton cloths. It originated in Bangladesh, and there is written record of its existence all the way back to the 13th century.

GettyImages 590771157 Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!Original muslin was not bleached or finished and had a rough, unrefined texture. Muslin features a loose, plain weave, which is considered one of the simplest and most popular weaves.

Muslin can be used for clothing, upholstery, curtains and sewing patterns. It can also be used as the backing or lining for quilts.

GettyImages 590771149 Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!Muslin is (and was from its existence) used for making test garments before more expensive fabric is used. This is why a test garment made of synthetic fabric might still be referred to as “a muslin”.

Downsides to muslin:

Not as durable as other weaves, such as twill

Tends to shrink

Wrinkles easily

Benefits of muslin:

Easy to sew

Lightweight and breathable

Relatively inexpensive

Accepts dyes well

GettyImages 845559194 Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!Patterns and ideas for how to use muslin:

Make a muslin! If you are trying out a pattern you haven’t used before, try sewing it with some inexpensive muslin first. This could help you avoid costly mistakes if you are planning to use a higher priced material.

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These Valentine Gift bags would would look sweet in a vintage muslin.

valentine 500 Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!Appliqué pillows in a fine muslin or linen will add an elegant touch.

Deer Me 380x704 Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!Keep your fine unmentionables smelling nice with floral sachets. Made up in muslin these would be a sweet gift.

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 Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!

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8 Responses to Muslin Monday! What to make with one of the oldest cottons!

  1. tj says:

    Rose,
    Yes that’s what it is. Its called making a muslin because it was always made with muslin back in the day. Now people just use cheap fabric that is similar to their actual design. So muslin fabric is used to make a muslin (which is a practice garment). Hope that helped.

  2. Rose Helsel says:

    Please help me understand am I just making two outfits?

  3. Rose Helsel says:

    I still don’t get it. Using muslin is actually just making an outfit before making the real one? Please help me understand

  4. Dianne Nixon says:

    I have used muslin as test fabric in garments, but not for years. Now I use it for backings, toys, throw pillows and test embroidery designs.

  5. Rebecca Wood says:

    I have had muslem in my home but have not used it to make a pattern before I made a garment. I have used it to make linings for some things.

  6. Rhonda says:

    I often use muslin for test garments, but I also use other fabrics for my muslin if the final product is not made with a firm/woven fabric if for example it will be knit or denim, neither of which muslin is the best test fabric to use. I also use it for press cloths and miscellaneous other around the house and sewing room needs.

  7. Maria Kievit says:

    Always have muslin in the house. Use it occasionally to make a muslin for an outfit, but more often than not it’s used for other projects too.

  8. Rosalind says:

    I love working with muslin. I’ve learned to drape with differents weights of muslin. I’ve done and still do various projects with muslin (sewing & crafts). I use if most for samples and teaching guides in my sewing classes. Great stuff!