I have two Labrador Retrievers. Who consider it their duty to shed. A duty which they take very seriously. No, really. It's everywhere (even in places I can't mention in polite society).
Something had to be done.
I had an old pair of wool pants that had pretty much kicked the bucket and had been hanging on to them for a while in the hopes that I could salvage some of the fabric.
I cut the legs off (they had worn out in the *ahem* crotch area), and trimmed them into nice, square-angled rectangles. Then I lined them up at the hems and sewed up the sides and at the top.
I topstitched all the way around and then pleated the top (and topstitched the pleats in place) in two spots near the middle. Then I added two narrow straps and velcro:
...and made myself a sewing machine cover.
And then, because my old pincushion died (and more importantly, because sewing with this gray-and-coral combo is a slippery slope - consider yourselves warned), I made myself a new one.
It goes on around the whatchamacallit (the vertical part of the machine - you know what I mean, right?) and the little elastic/toggle combo keeps it snug.
Only, I discovered that I had no batting to stuff it with, so I spent 20 minutes tearing the house apart trying to find something suitable and guess what! Yarn. That's what I used. And guess what! It's the best little pincushion I've ever had. Who knew?
(Sorry for the lack of step-by-step instructions. I didn't think that any of this would actually work, so I neglected to take any photos or even measure anything. Because I'm a bad person. But I'll make it up to - if there's enough interest, I'll do up a pattern for both items, k?)