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.
Muslin can be used for clothing, upholstery, curtains and sewing patterns. It can also be used as the backing or lining for quilts.
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
Benefits of muslin:
Easy to sew
Lightweight and breathable
Accepts dyes well
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.
These Valentine Gift bags would would look sweet in a vintage muslin.
Appliqué pillows in a fine muslin or linen will add an elegant touch.
Keep your fine unmentionables smelling nice with floral sachets. Made up in muslin these would be a sweet gift.