DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Cindy Stack and Janice Knocke are tennis friends who came up with a unique way to recycle dry dog and cat food bags and feed bags for horses, pigs, goats and chicken.
They create vibrant totes, bags and purses with the feed bags, then sell them at craft fairs and online as "The Barnyard Bag Ladies."
The pair will be one of more than 100 artisans taking part in the DUMC Holiday Festival on November 9. All of the proceeds from the festival support Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.
Knocke of Woodstock does the sewing and Stack of Alpharetta creates the designs.
"I saw a horse feed back and thought it would make the prettiest bag," Stack said. "I knew Janice sewed and asked if she could make it work."
The two met through ALTA Tennis and started creating bags two years ago. Friends and neighbors donate feed bags for their creations.
"It's hard to find another way to recycle these bags," Stack said. "They're plastic bags with a nylon weave. Many of them end up in landfills."
They use old blue jeans and belts to create straps and pockets. Prices for the bags range from $15 to $35.
The DUMC Holiday Festival (on Twitter: @DUMCHolidayFest) will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 9 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, which is located at 1548 Mt. Vernon Road.