In honor of our 10th birthday, our Birthday Issue, and your senior editors’ intrepid love for all things DIY and tangible in a world determined to go all digital, we invite you to send Autostraddle a physical birthday card to celebrate our big day.
Sew up an A-Camp craft right in your own home!
It’s time to do your favorite thing: focus on your feelings!
Pour hot wax on your partner! The perfect activity for chilly winter nights.
Infinite scallions, infinite power!
If you’re moving this fall, one way to help ensure that you get a full security deposit back from your landlord or management company is to repair any obvious issues in the apartment.
A patch that you’ve made and sewn on yourself — especially if it’s sewn with dental floss — is a badge of honor professing your ideals, feels, and crew.
This is not a full restoration. I did not sand everything down and start from scratch. What we’re doing here is more like restoration-lite, but it should be enough to salvage a Craigslist (or yard sale or attic) find nine times out of ten.
We had so much fun making indigo tie-dyed hankies at A-Camp! For those of you who couldn’t be there or would like to host your own indigo parties this summer, here’s a simple tutorial to get you started.
There are lessons to be learned here from my misfortune, probably, so this might end up reading more like a what not to do than a tutorial.
Get ready to dazzle friends and loved ones with a new dimmer switch that is sure to set the mood for any occasion.
Just take your time, measure early and often, trust your instincts, and you’ll be a pro at hanging stuff in no time.
There are easier ways than smashing nails with your shoes, queer cuties.
This leather key fob is easy to make and is a perfect introduction to working with leather — it can be made in a flash once you’ve got all your tools and supplies together.
My go-to, anybody, anytime present will always be an oven mitt. These little suckers take a maximum of 20 minutes to make and with the right fabric choice, can look super fancy and expensive.
You could spend your afternoon making an advent calendar on this very first day of December!
“I get a real sense of satisfaction from making something cute and domestic, just a bit deviant. Whether it’s a cake piped with ‘Happy Fucking Birthday’ or a set of kitchen towels with embroidered ball gags and whips — I just can’t get enough.”
Winter is coming, and you can be a hero!
This no-sewing-machine-necessary pouch can be unfolded to reveal a soft and supple reading mat — perfect for the cardslinger on the go. It’ll take less than an hour to sew up and will be the envy of everyone in your coven.
Carrying around a Whole Food’s tote stuffed with a change of undies and a toothbrush won’t last forever. You deserve better. What you really need is a Dopp kit to keep all the essentials on hand to keep you lookin’ your best for that new babe.
This week at A-Camp, we’ll be using all these cans to make simple repoussé earrings. If you’ve got a can waiting to be recycled, bust out your scissors and join us. And if not, I bet there’s something cold in your fridge just begging for you to drink it.