Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

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Cable-Knit Christmas Stocking

Simple ribbon trim adds festive color to an old sweater for this cozy stocking.


  • Cable-knit sweater: ecru
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • 1/3 yard of lining fabric
  • 1/8 yard of wool felt: red
  • 1-1/4 yards of 3/8-inch-diameter cord
  • 8 inches of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon: ecru

Get the stocking pattern.

  1. Trace the stocking pattern onto tracing paper; cut out.
  2. Form the stocking cuff from the waist ribbing. With stocking pattern right side down, pin top edge of pattern even with inside edge of sweater waist ribbing; center arrows on pattern with a sweater cable. Using a water-soluble marking pen, extend edges of stocking through waist ribbing to outside edge. Cut out stocking front.
  3. Turn over pattern and sweater; pin pattern right side up to sweater. Cut out stocking back. Cut a stocking front and back from lining fabric, adding 1/2-inch seam allowances along the top edges.
  4. Cut and piece 2-inch-wide strips of red wool felt to measure 43 inches long. Fold the strip over the cord with wrong sides together, and sew close to cord to make piping.
  5. With right sides together and allowing for 1/2-inch seam allowances, sew piping around cable-knit stocking front, except do not sew piping to ribbing.
  6. Due to the bulk of the cable-knit fabric and felt, the stocking back must be hand-sewn in place. With wrong sides together, turn under seam allowance on stocking back and pin it to the stocking front. Hand-sew stocking back to stocking front, starting and stopping where piping ends.
  7. Using a needle and thread, overcast raw edges together on each side of the ribbing. Turn ribbing down to form cuff.
  8. Sew together lining pieces with right sides together. Press under top edge 1/2 inch to wrong side of lining. Insert lining inside stocking. Fold ribbon in half for hanging loop; slip raw edges of loop between lining and stocking and pin in place. Hand-sew lining to stocking around opening, catching hanging loop as you sew.

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