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What do you do with your muslins?
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jynclr
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Date: 8/22/12 10:24 PM

This is mostly a curiousity question. I've purchased some unbleached muslin to start on a costume. I'll be doing it in pieces and I was just wondering what everyone else did with their fabric once the muslin was perfected to one's custom fit. Do you just toss the fabric? Keep bigger pieces for other muslins? What do you do with the fabric?

It's difficult for me to throw things away but the thought of keeping non-fitting muslins makes me feel claustrophobic with the idea of starting to collect STUFF.

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Date: 8/22/12 10:25 PM

I feel the way you do but I've learned to be strong and just toss!!

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Date: 8/22/12 10:39 PM

after two year of saving them and never using the fabric, I pitched them

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Date: 8/22/12 10:40 PM

Bigger pieces are used again, and depending on the fabric smaller pieces are used for bag and coin purse linings, for rag rugs or stuffing draught excluders or pet beds. Plenty ends up in the bin, though!

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Date: 8/22/12 10:49 PM

I use Freecycle to find people who want fabric scraps for their own projects.

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Date: 8/22/12 11:02 PM

I just keep them in a box labeled muslins. Each muslin is marked with a Sharpie by pattern number. I never know when I may want to do something different with a pattern I've already muslined and I'd rather not have to redo it.

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Date: 8/22/12 11:29 PM

Quote: AdaH
after two year of saving them and never using the fabric, I pitched them

This is what I do, too. I have a phobia of throwing away things immediately, but I can usually let go after a couple of years. In fact, I have a mockup from 2010 I just pulled out to re-use (it's now the whole pattern), and found parts of the previous four versions! Ok, it was kind of interesting, because I did not recall that it took four drafts to achieve a perfect fit--but it was also confusing, having all those wrong bits around. So I carefully laid aside the FINISHED muslin, and happily pitched the other parts.

(A lot of times I will stuff them into the scrap bin, but if I'm really on a cleaning binge, things just get tossed.)

I will usually keep muslins of successful garments, especially if they ARE the pattern, just in case I want to reuse them.

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Date: 8/22/12 11:33 PM

You are supposed to be writing the sequel to Liars Moon...not sewing!!!

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Date: 8/22/12 11:59 PM

I was watching a video where Peggy Sager suggested using your muslin as the future pattern. She said it was durable, lay better on the fabric and had all your markings on it.

To be honest, this didn't make sense to me. FIrst of all, you'd have to rip it all apart. I can't quite figure out at what point in a project I'd actually feel like doing that.

Secondly, I don't know about anyone else, but my muslins don't contain all the pieces. I just sew enough of it to fit the thing.

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Date: 8/23/12 0:27 AM

I'm with you, solveg. I toss 'em. Every now and then I'll use them as cleaning rags, but since I usually draw on them with markers, and wouldn't that make a mess when wet? I just throw them out when I'm done. They've served their purpose at that point, and I have zero attachment.

I use super cheap muslin, usually $1-2 per yd. It doesn't hold up well after several fittings, so it's not good for much after that. And it makes lumpy stuffing for dog toys (tried that).

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