Ain’t No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-Shirt

My husband is a huge literature nerd, and when I saw a fun “Ain’t no party like a Gatsby party” tank top online I knew it would be the perfect present for him! The only problem was, he doesn’t wear tank tops. But I figured I could make my own expanded version on a t-shirt, and it turned out great. Check out his Gatsby party t-shirt!

Ain't No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-Shirt

Don’t you just love it! It’s the perfect DIY gift for the book nerd in your life!

Ain’t No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-Shirt

Here’s what you need: (affiliate links below to the products I use and recommend)

I have already written a detailed tutorial on how to use heat transfer vinyl, so if you’re new to the material, check it out! I give step by step instructions on designing your image, cutting out your design, weeding out extra vinyl, and adhering the design to your fabric.

But basically, the first step is to cut out your design from your vinyl. Remember to mirror your image before you cut it so that the text reads forward once it’s applied!

After the vinyl is cut, weed out all of the extra vinyl from the backing. Then flip the vinyl over so that the backing is face up, position it on your shirt, and press with a hot iron for 30 to 45 seconds. For a design this big, you may need to move the iron and press again to make sure that all areas of vinyl have been properly adhered to the shirt.

Peel away the backing, and you’re done! (If you want more details be sure to check out my full tutorial on how to use heat transfer vinyl!)

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I just love how it turned out, and my husband loves it too!

Ain't No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-Shirt

Ain't No Party Like A Gatsby Party T-Shirt

I got a picture of him wearing it on Christmas morning too! If you follow me on Instagram you may remember seeing this photo that morning.

Made a tshirt for JM for Christmas! #literaturehumor #gatsby #tshirt #silhouettecameo #silhouettecameorocks #nerds

A photo posted by Jessi Wohlwend (@practicallyf) on

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P.S. if you want to see more Silhouette tutorials, check out my Silhouette project gallery to see every project I’ve ever done with my Silhouette, or check out some of my favorites below!

This project is part of this month’s Silhouette Challenge! Want to see some other great word art and typography project ideas you can make using your Silhouette cutting machine? Check these out!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Rosanna says

    9 years ago

    Hello. I have been trying to decide if I should buy a Silhouette and I found this post of yours. I am a sucker for “fandom” shirts and would love to make my own. Can you tell me how these hold up after multiple washings? Thanks!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      9 years ago

      This one I made as a Christmas present is still holding up five months later! I also use heat transfer vinyl on baby onesies that I sell in my Etsy shop; I’ve been doing that for at least two years and I’ve given the onesies as baby shower gifts as well, and no one has said anything about the vinyl coming up so far.

      You do need to be super careful when washing (no heat or very low heat tumble dry), but worst case, if the heat transfer vinyl does start to peel up a bit you can always just press into it again with a hot iron and it should re-fuse itself!

      • Rosanna says

        9 years ago

        Good to know, thanks for the reply!!

  2. Kristy gd says

    9 years ago

    This is great! I know several people who would LOVE a shirt like this!

  3. Taia says

    9 years ago

    Hi there!
    I love this design! I have an english project on Gatsby coming up and these would be perfect. How soon do you expect to have them on Etsy and how long would it take to get them? Thank you!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      9 years ago

      It’s going to take a little while to get the actual shirts on Etsy; I need to find a good source for plain t-shirts. But I plan to have the heat transfer vinyl precut and available on Etsy by this weekend! I can cut the vinyl and mail it out within a day or two, and then you can use a household iron to attach the vinyl to any plain shirt you want! And of course I’ll include detailed instructions with the vinyl. Will that work, or are you looking for the entire pre-made shirt all together?

      • Taia says

        9 years ago

        Thank you!

  4. Kay says

    9 years ago

    Customization at its finest. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Michelle from Weekend Craft says

    9 years ago

    I remember seeing this on you instagram and loving it! I am a HUGE Gatsby fan. I just have to give you props that looks like a ton of weeding! Great job. Love your projects I still can’t get you farmhouse table out of my head. I need a bigger kitchen/dining room then I want to build one!

  6. Maria says

    9 years ago

    Haha, love this design! Please add to your shop… you might also think about just making and selling the heat transfer itself! I can never find great t-shirts in plus sizes and I’d be more than willing to transfer it myself just to get the right size! 🙂

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