In the meantime and to emulate another blogger (Johanna Lu) I hereby present to you my new/old pincushion in before and after state. I got this at the Fabric Flea Market a month or so ago.
This was originally stuffed with sawdust with some very tired velvet-like fabric holding it in. The "shoelaces" were just twine. I replaced the stuffing with a wadded up piece of polar fleece, after carefully threading some braided cord through the eyelets of the shoe. Easy!
Here it is with its sewing room friend - the other shoe!