last year I cut up a fleece and made everyone in my family neck warmers - basically like a soft sleeve for your neck. We wear them skiing. They're great and you can applique cute things on them. White would be pretty because you could add any kind of embellishment. You'll probably want to double up the fleece if it's thin. Here's a tutorial: http://eveofreduction.com/upcycle-sweatpants-to-fleece-neck-warmer/
Have you seen the side tables and foot stools made from stacks of magazines strapped with two old belts? You could do that - but wouldn't it be fun to get two old phone receivers to use as the table feet. There's a conversation piece - no pun intended but kind of funny.