Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

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4th of July Cake Recipes

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Joyful Christmas Banner

Pretty embroidery makes this joyful banner a special Christmas gift that sets the scene for a merry holiday.

What You'll Need

  • Tracing paper, pencil, and scissors
  • Tape
  • Light box (optional)
  • 12X24-inch piece of cream-and white holiday print fabric (for embroidery)
  • Brown .05 Pigma pen
  • 12x24-inch piece of muslin
  • Needle and matching thread
  • Embroidery hoop and needle
  • DMC embroidery floss: red (498), medium blue-green (562), deep Christmas green (699), medium Christmas green (701), golden brown (781), yellow-green (3348)
  • 11-1/2x23-1/2-inch piece of iron-on fusible web (such as HeatnBond UltraHold)
  • Two 12x24-inch pieces of red holiday print fabric
  • Pinking shears
  • 3 yards of 1/2-inch-wide red segmented-flower trim
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Satin cord (for hanging)

Download the free patterns, stitch key, and color key.

How to Make It

  1. Download and print our free pattern. Trace the patterns onto tracing paper and cut out. Tape the traced J, O, and Y triangle patterns to a sunny window or light box. Tape the cream-and-white print fabric over the patterns. Note: You will embroider all three letters on a single piece of fabric.
  2. Trace the patterns onto the fabric using the brown pen. Baste muslin to the wrong side of the fabric, sewing around each letter and triangle.
  3. Place the basted fabric into the embroidery hoop. Use two strands of floss for all stitches. Referring to the stitch and color key, embroider the designs as indicated.
  4. Place the basted fabric into the hoop. Use two strands of floss for all stitches. Referring to the stitch and floss list, embroider the designs as indicated.
  5. When all stitching is finished, remove the basting threads. Cut out the triangles.
  6. Using fusible web and following the manufacturer's directions, fuse together the red holiday print pieces with wrong sides together.
  7. Trace the pennant triangle pattern three times on one side of the fused fabric. Cut out each triangle just inside the traced lines using pinking shears.
  8. Position the J, O, and Y embroidered triangles on the red triangles, leaving a 1/4-inch border at the top edge. Baste in place.
  9. Referring to the photo, cut lengths of trim and baste them to the embroidered triangles, leaving 2-inch tails extending from the side trims at the tops of the triangles. Turn the tails under to form hanging loops and hand-tack in place.
  10. Machine-sew the trim in place all around the triangles. Remove all basting threads. Slip satin cord through the loops of the triangles to finish the banner.

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