I had lots and lots of trim/ ribbon from my aunt too, so used it to decorate the covers.
I am pleased at how they came out - and just need to find hot water bottles (without covers! The Warehouse had them, only with covers and the supermarket tiny ones - will look in K- Mart.).
They were quite addictive to make!
I also made a windmill from the latest "Good" magazine using a page from an old atlas - perfect to cut a square from using the page grid! I think I might make a pile of these for the school gala in November!
The straws were from good old Typo.