The Perfect Surprise

My three boys are grown and are no longer living at home. Even though they have all graduated from college, they still like to come home often. And we love it! The days of being able to leave notes in their lunch bags and gym bags are way behind me. But I recently figured out a way to add a special touch when they come home to visit. 

Instead of leaving notes on their beds, I thought it might be fun to leave a personal note on their pillowcases. The best way to do this is with my Silhouette machine.

What You Will Need


Silhouette Heat Transfer, assorted colors

Silhouette Cameo Machine

The first step of this project is to come up with the sayings you want to use on the pillows. Try to make them as personal to your family as you can.

The ones I came up with are:

Welcome Home


Sweet Dreams

Happy Birthday

I Love You / I Love You More

The next step was to head to my computer and design my patterns in Silhouette Studio.

Most pillow cases are 21” tall so I decided to make most of my sayings about 15” long. The width varied between two and three inches.

I used a few different fonts and designed all of the sayings.

Welcome Home (happy life font)

Congratulations! (passiontea font)

Sweet Dreams (sensation font)

Happy Birthday (steelfish font)

I Love You / I Love You More (apple gothic font)

The most important step you need to remember when designing for heat transfer is you need to flip the design horizontally. (Just go to the main menu and select Object, then Mirror and then Flip Horizontally.) You must do this step or else your designs will be backwards.

Once my designs were complete, I placed the heat transfer material (shiny side down) on my cutting mat and loaded it into the machine. Then I let my silhouette machine do all of the work.

Once the heat transfer material was cut, I weeded each one to remove the excess material.

My last step was to iron on each transfer on my new pillows.

Now I just can’t wait for the boys to come home!

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  1. Leslie, this is such a cute idea! My 3 boys are still in grade school but I think I’ll still try this for special occasions!

  2. I love this! I got a Silhouette Cameo machine for Christmas, and I’m embarrassed say it’s still in the box ????????‍♀️ Your simple and clear tutorial has inspired me. I can do this!!!!

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