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Thread: Bleached muslin versus white fabric - help.

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    TanyaL is right on the money RE: muslin for dying.... i've been experimenting lately with dying small batches - and believe it or not - i've been using the T-shirt dyes and T-shirt dye kits from Walmart. We used those a couple of years ago to make T-shirts for all the kids in the family - and they are still just as bright as when they were made - and believe me - they've had LOTS of washings - and have been passed down as they older ones grew out of them. Needless to say - i buy it by the bolt too when i have my trusty JoAnn coupon !!!

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    muslin has been used in quilted projects for generations! of course it's ok to use...i know people who ALWAYS use muslin for quilt backs & backgrounds for appliqued blocks---muslin is a pretty basic staple in many sewing rooms.
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    I love the feel of muslin. It seems to soften each time you wash it and it looks good forever!!!! I'd say you got a good deal!

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    I use muslin quite often if I want an off white, just make sure it is all cotton!
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    Speaking of dying it - you can also use tea or coffee to dye it - to get an aged look and I have heard if you need a skin tone for applique or dolls, the color density depends on how much tea/coffee used and how long it is soaked. I have heard just be sure you dye enough the first time so you have enough for your whole project. I am thinking of trying it.

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    Muslin is 100% cotton. I use it all the time and have never had a problem.

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    I love the feel of muslin so much that I used it to make my wedding dress for a garden wedding. Floor length skirt with a light blue ribbon and lace border around the hem and a peasant blouse with the same trim. I had blue silk flowers and baby's breath in my hair. It was so pretty. Twenty-nine years ago. Still can wear it except it is a little too long now. I must be shrinking.

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    Thanks so much for the information . I really appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calicojoan View Post
    When if doubt, I prewash fabrics, and yes I have used the muslin from JoAnn's. Just remember the origins of quilting started with scraps of anything people could get their hands on...mostly old clothes. No one had quilt shops they went to and spent big money on fabrics. I know there is a ton of opinions on the subject, but for myself, I am not a "show" quilter. So for my projects a variety of fabrics are just fine with me. My very first quilt still hasn't disintegrated, been eaten by bugs when I used starch, or any of the other horrors we've heard. And that for me is rather unsettling, since it was pretty awful, and I would have prefered to see it die in a slow death!!! hahahahahaha
    This is just how I feel about Fabric also, I use what I have and can get my hands on.
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    It's the quality of the muslin that matters, not whether it is muslin or not. Remember, fine batiks are generally printed on fine bleached muslin.

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    After reading this thread, I am going to have to go and buy myself some more muslin! Thanks everyone!
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