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Popcorn—not only does it taste great, it also connects us to people we love and good times. From snuggling up together on a couch watching movies to cheering on our favorite team, popcorn plays a big part. But, if you've been trying to create less waste and eat a bit healthier, you can ditch those greasy, chemical-laden, store-bought microwave popcorn bags and make an earth-friendly, reusable, healthy alternative. These reusable microwave popcorn bags are a snap to make and are even a great learn-to-sew project.
Before you start this project, you'll want to make sure that both your fabric and your thread is 100% cotton. If you use anything else, there is a chance it will melt or even start a fire in the microwave. Yikes, no one wants that! To determine whether the material is all cotton, read the end of the fabric bolt or ask a friendly salesperson. You can find a fun cotton fabric to coordinate with any kitchen decor, color or theme. If citrus is your thing, the Orange Blossom Cotton Fabric and coordinating orange thread might bring a little zest into your project. Or, if you want to bring the outdoors in, you might like the Birch Forest Cotton Calico Fabric with the gray thread. For all of you that love the farmhouse look, the red and white Chicken Wire Farm Animal Cotton Calico Cotton with the red thread might keep your cows out of the corn. Ha! Now that you have your cotton fabric and thread, you're ready to begin.
Line up the edges of the two pieces of cotton fabric with right sides facing together. Pin and sew around all four sides and leave a 3-inch opening in one of the long sides.
Clip the corners and turn right side out by pulling the fabric through the opening. Push out the corners with your finger or a chopstick.
Tuck in the edges of the opening and press with an iron. Pin and sew the opening closed. Continue to topstitch around all of the edges.
Fold 2-inches over on the top edge. Pin in place. Bring the bottom edge up and match it with the top edge. Pin and sew the two sides. Leave the top open.
To create a box corner, line up the bottom seam and the side seam to create a right triangle. Measure 1 1/2 inches in from the corner and pin straight down from this point. This will become the stitching line. Repeat this on the other bottom corner. Sew along the stitching line.
Turn the bag right side out, push out the corners and flip over the top edge to close.
To make the popcorn, pour in 1/2 cup of kernels, flip over the top edge and put it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.