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Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy


The Mary Sue is pleased to present an excerpt from Bonnie Burton’s Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy, out this October from Quirk Books! Learn how to make a rad pair of wrist cuffs below, and then read on for more information about Bonnie and what to expect from her upcoming book!

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Superheroine Wrist Cuffs

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Everyone wants to be a superheroine on occasion. Now you can look the part with these impressive wrist cuffs that even an Amazon princess would be proud to wear. (Just don’t use them to try to deflect speeding bullets.)


Cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet paper
Hot-glue gun
Glitter foam sheets
Glitter foam star stickers
Handheld hole punch


  1. Trim cardboard tubes to cuff length. Cut a vertical slit in each tubes so you can slip them onto your wrists (A).
  2. Superheroine Cuffs_AUsing the cardboard cuffs as a template, cut felt rectangles to fit inside cuffs (B). Hot-glue felt inside cuffs.
  3. Superheroine Cuffs_B Cut glitter foam rectangles to fit over the outside of the cuffs and hot-glue in place. Hot-glue glitter foam stars to outside of cuffs.
  4.  Punch holes in both ends of the cuffs. Cut two 10-inch lengths of ribbon, thread through holes, and tie cuffs onto wrists. Now go save the world!

Excerpted from Crafting with Feminism by Bonnie Burton. Reprinted with permission from Quirk Books.

Crafting with Feminism comes out October 18, 2016 from Quirk Books. It features a foreword by geek girl icon Felicia Day, and instructions on how to make awesome craft projects like these:

Feminist Badges of Honor – Create scout-style merit badges to tout your zine-making skills, band-starting status, and unabashed self-confidence.
Em-broad-ery Hoop Art – Put a sassy spin on traditional embroidery with slogans like “Women Belong in the House . . . and Senate” and “Females Are Strong as Hell.”
Nope Necklace – Give dusty old Scrabble pieces new life as powerful statement jewelry. (As Burton says, “no matter what society expects, you don’t always have to acquiesce.”)
High Heels Are a Pain Planters – Glam up your succulents and cacti while upcycling painful (if gorgeous) footwear.
Huggable Uterus Body Pillow – When menstrual cramps make you want to stay in bed all day, curl up with this larger-than-life plush pillow, complete with a DIY heating pad to soothe your aches.

Bonnie Burton is an author who writes about feminism, crafting and pop culture. Her books include The Star Wars Craft Book, Girls against Girls, and Womanthology. Check out her web shows Vaginal Fantasy Book Club Show and Geek DIY. Find her at and on Twitter @bonniegrrl.

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