Q. I love the idea of putting pictures on T-shirts and so on. What should I know before I start?

A. Iron-on transfer paper works best with white or light-colored cotton or cotton/polyester blends. Transfer with a household iron on its highest setting (no steam) or in a professional heat press. Iron the fabric first and be sure that it's cooled before you place the transfer on it. Also back up the single layer of fabric you're ironing onto with a sheet of cardboard. This prevents the dye from bleeding through and giving you a second image on the back of the T-shirt. Press quite firmly and expect to iron a large, full-page image for at least two to three minutes—longer is better. Keep the iron moving enough so that you don't scorch the fabric. Small images are easier to manage and take less ironing time. To avoid fading the transfer, wash shirts inside out, preferably in cold water on gentle cycle, and do not bleach.

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