Here is a pretty way to use a small tatted doily. Mom made dozens of these and I have no idea how many children or grandchildren received one as a gift. It was a wonderful way for her to give a tatted gift which did not require days of tatting. Each one knew they had received something special - a gift that would become an heirloom.
These are especially fun to make because you can change the color to suit someone else' s decor by simply changing the fabric. I've seen yellow, teal, lavender, and a printed red for Christmas.
The basis for this is a tuna can! Poly fill gives it the fluff and pads both the outside of the can and the top of the lid. It is completely lined with the same fabric - both the lid and the bottom. A little lace on the edge adds a feminine touch, then finish it with complimentary ribbon.
The tatted doily is stitched in place. The fabric covered knob? I don't know - she could work miracles. It is not wood. Maybe she took a button and added padding until it was very firm, because the bottom has a very firm base, yet the rest can be squeezed slightly.
P.S. I put 'things' inside! Safety pens, coins, ear-rings ...