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. 

Supplies Needed:


Step One: Decide on Your Sayings

  1. 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
  • Congratulations!
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Happy Birthday
  • I Love You  /  I Love You More

Step Two: Write Out Your Phrases and Choose the Fonts

  1. The next step was to head to my computer and design my patterns in Silhouette Studio.
  2. Most pillowcases are 21” tall, so I decided to make most of my sayings about 15” long. The width varied between two and three inches. 
  3. 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)

Step Three: Cut and Iron On the Phrases

  1. The most important step you need to remember when working with a heat transfer design 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 backward.
  2. 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.
  3. Once the heat transfer material was cut, I weeded each one to remove the excess material. 
  4. My last step was to iron each transfer on my new pillow cases.

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

This blog post was contributed the blog My 100 Year Old Home. It has been edited and republished with permission from the author.