My 4-year-old starts preschool in a few days. Her name needs to be on her backpack and I was itching to embroider it. I used wax paper as a tear-away stabilizer substitute.
I printed out her name.
Put a piece of wax paper over the name and traced with a Sharpie.
Pinned the wax paper to the backpack.
Started stitching. I used "old faithful", the split stitch.
I noticed that it helped to move the left pin over as I completed each letter. It helped stabilize the wax paper in the middle.
Tear away the wax paper. It tore away very easily. I used tweezers to get any bits of paper that were stuck.
The end result: