Muslin Fabric – Sewing Term

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Muslin fabric is commonly used when creating apparel and sewing projects. Learn more about this standard sewing term and characteristics.

Muslin –



  1. a cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often printed,woven, or embroidered in patterns, especially a cotton fabric of plain weave, used for sheets and for a variety of other purposes.
  2. an item sewn from such fabric


Muslin is a type of cotton fabric. It is sometimes printed, but most often in the sewing world when you hear the term it’s going to refer to a type of unprinted, plain fabric that is relatively inexpensive. Sometimes a seamstress will refer to “making a muslin,” which means she is making a “practice” version of a garment out of this cheaper fabric before she makes the real garment out of more expensive fabric. You can purchase muslin fabric by the bolt on-line here or by the yard at most fabric stores.


Click photos to learn how to use muslin in your everyday sewing. 

create a muslin and make sure the pattern is fitting just the right way. Always create a muslin for pattern fittings. Learn how to create Pre Fit on The Sewing Loft


Not sure what to do with your muslin fabric? Check out these Craftsy classes with Paul Gallo.

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