Library celebrates furry friends with DIY craft

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Renee Beverly explained to the group of people gathered at the event how to start the weaving process to create a dog toy.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Participants chose different colors of fabric for their hand made dog toys August 23 at the Austintown library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Renee Beverly cuts fabric strips to create a smaller dog toy for one of the participants at the DIY Dog Toy event at the Austintown library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Mallory Wiand showed participants at the DIY Dog Toys event how to start their toys with a knot August 23 at the Austintown library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarians Mallory Wiand and Renee Beverly explain how to create a hand made dog toy August 23 at the Austintown library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Mallory Wiand explained to participants at the DIY Dog Toys event how to start the weaving process to create the toy.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

In celebration of National Dog Day, the Austintown library hosted a make your own dog toy event.

This is the third year that librarians Renee Beverly and Mallory Wiand have hosted the event.

“We both love dogs, and we have them, so this is something we both do all the time,” Beverly said.

Beverly has a golden retriever named Bailey and Wiand has a beagle-bull dog named Sophie.

“Basically we like dogs so we tried to come up with a way to make cheap toys for our dogs, so I discovered it and I showed it to her,” Beverly said.

The craft is made entirely from reused materials.

Wiand and Beverly explained to the group that anyone can recreate the craft at home using old T-shirts.

“Its a user-friendly, cheap way to not have to spend money,” Beverly said.

The craft used strips from the torso of old T-shirts tied together to make a toy.

Wiand explained to the group how to create different sized toys by cutting the fabric strips into different size pieces.

Once all four pieces of fabric are tied together Beverly and Wiand showed those gathered how to weave them together to create tight knots.

Participants spent two hours learning how to weave the fabric to create the toy.

Beverly said that anyone who was not interested in keeping the toy could give them to her to donate to local dog shelters.

“I tend to donate them a lot, I like to give back and its such a fun easy thing to do,” she said.

For more information on upcoming library events, visit libraryvisit.org.

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