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(Creative) uses for muslin cloths!

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mamushka Wed 30-Jul-14 12:37:58

As a new mum, I'm always extolling the virtues of muslin cloths to pregnant friends anyone who will listen. I am thinking of giving a big pack as a gift to a pregnant friend with a big list of uses.

So let's hear your best uses for muzzies - practical, creative, silly or otherwise!

I'll start with some basic ones:

- catching sick while burping
- saving crib/moses basket sheets by placing in puke-catching zone
- sun shade for car seat

RoseberryTopping Wed 30-Jul-14 12:39:17

I use one in my sling as a head support.

Love them, they're the most useful things for a new baby.

BertieBotts Wed 30-Jul-14 12:39:46

Useful to soak up wee on the carpet after potty training. Or spilled drinks, etc.

BertieBotts Wed 30-Jul-14 12:40:48

Age 3 or 4+ - painting cloth after you rinse paintbrushes.

Make a useful emergency nappy or maternity pad.

I use them now when making crab apple jelly - my baby is now four years old

BertieBotts Wed 30-Jul-14 12:42:43

Cape for a doll/teddy bear! Picnic blanket for toys' tea party.

Makeshift bib (fold into triangle and tie round neck)

Makeshift sun hat (tie all 4 corners like an old fashioned hanky) - only works with smaller ones.

Shia Wed 30-Jul-14 12:44:34

They are brilliant. So many uses.

Tie four knots in the corners and you have a food old fashioned sun hat! You can get an exact fit to their head and it's lightweight so they don't fuss about it being on.

BertieBotts Wed 30-Jul-14 13:13:44

You can freeze them soaked in water for a cooling teether

Suspect 'making elderflower cordial' isn't quite what you had in mind ...

charlietangoteakettlebarbeque Wed 30-Jul-14 13:19:40

My ds uses them as his comforter. They are brilliant, couldn't do without them. So happy he chose them as his comforter, as we have so many there is always one to hand!

Littleturkish Wed 30-Jul-14 13:31:41

Used to use cold ones for my boobs when I was engorged.

Acunningruse Wed 30-Jul-14 13:43:57

Wiping runny noses

Folded up in a bra when your milk first comes in and little breast pads have no chance against the tide!

Makeshift sun screen in the car

trufflesnout Wed 30-Jul-14 13:49:14

Watching this thread with interest. I have never, ever had a use for muslins and I feel left out!

SarahThane Wed 30-Jul-14 13:53:17

Mosquito nets - stitch together
Strainer for home-made jam
Bridal veil - again, this would need stitching. None of this will happen.
Eye-mask - the whole world will seem soft-focus.

Acunningruse Wed 30-Jul-14 13:54:50

Playing peekaboo with DC
Mini blanket for impromptu picnics

charlietangoteakettlebarbeque Wed 30-Jul-14 13:58:15

When ds had chicken pox I put oats tied up in a muslin and put it in a cool bath for him. The juices really soothed the itching.

duvetfan Wed 30-Jul-14 13:58:19

For boiling a homemade dumpling (I haven't done this personally but I know people who have.

TodaysNotAGoodDay Wed 30-Jul-14 14:02:15

I put a couple of handfuls of oats into the centre, then tie it up tight with string, and put it in my DS's bath. Squeeze it in the water till it runs clear, then throw the oats away and wash the muslin. DS has excema and this is by far and away better than any oils or other bath additives out there.

Januaryjojo1 Wed 30-Jul-14 14:03:13

I dampen one and use it for ironing school trousers so they don't go shiny.

I've done the bib thing,
cooking s&k pudding,
lightweight blanket,
put over the steering wheel and/or car seat to stop it getting hot in the car,
Changing mat cover when you're out and about.

We were once on a family bike ride in a forest. Another little boy came off his bike and had a nasty cut knee that was bleeding and he was very upset. I made a bandage for him and him and his mum were very pleased! Cheered him up enough to ride back to car park.
I always have a few stashed in day out bags, incredibly useful!

TodaysNotAGoodDay Wed 30-Jul-14 14:04:45

X-post charlie grin

AnnoyingOrange Wed 30-Jul-14 14:07:56

In addition to many of the suggestions already made, I have used a muslin as a waist strap in a high chair when one was broken

Now use them as straining cloths for bulgar wheat when making tabbouleh and as general cleaning/dusting cloths

caker Wed 30-Jul-14 14:12:23

Tuck in your bra to catch leaks while expressing milk.
Wiping up wees in nappy off time!

SarahThane Wed 30-Jul-14 14:13:39

Use it instead of a canvas for painting? You'll only need to buy a quarter of the paints you would normally because the poo will cover the brown/green/yellow/mustard part of the spectrum.

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