Recycle, salvage and reuse is my daily mantra. It really makes me happy having the least amount of garbage (compared to my neighbors) thrown out on garbage pick up days.
Since my husband builds frames for my larger artwork, there is always a decent amount of left over wood planks in our garage. These pieces are ranging in size from 8-15" long by 5-8" wide.
They all got few layers of acrylic paint (some of them I first applied plaster for an interesting texture).
I used free style machine stitching on a piece of cotton scrap fabric, and then glued it to the prepared wood plank, applying more acrylic paint and washes to the piece.