I started out with the intention of making myself a utilitarian, decorative, hidden, pin cushion. I think I'm giving up on the hidden part. Above I started out making a hinge to connect the trunk with the top. It didn't sit right.
Next I sewed buttons on either side of the trunk. I tried attaching a crochet chain through the top, to loop over the buttons. I would have needed to sew 4 buttons with corresponding loops to make it secure.
That's when I decided to felt the damned top to the trunk. I'm not completely discouraged. I'm going to continue to make a woodland base for it.