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The Pinwheel Bows design and photos were designed and provided by Stephanie Moore. Credit where credit is due! Many thanks to Stephanie for helping to enlarge our collection of FREE bow instructions. Make sure you check out Stephanie's Blog, A Little Moore, because she provides amazing tutorials for other craft projects.

Grosgrain ribbon
24 gauge craft wire
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun
Clip of your choice

Step-by-Step Instructions

Cut Ribbon:
For this bow (adjust for size you want) I cut a piece of 1.5 inch grosgrain ribbon to 23 inches.
Make your first loop down with the ribbon making a long tail in front.
Bring your ribbon "tail" up while keeping a grasp of your first loop.
Bring your "tail" down to start making a second loop.
Bring the tail up from the bottom of your newly formed second loop.
Pinch and fold in the center twice this is what creates the nice crease. This may take a few times to get a neat fold.
While holding on to your center fold tightly, get your craft wire and tightly wrap it around the center. You can also use thread or fishing line. I prefer wire as it provides a little extra control. If you are going to make a stacked bow I suggest hand-sewing your layers together.
Flip your bow over and even out your loops and then cut your "tails". I like the triangle but but you can use straight lines. Then, take a lighter and quickly run the flame over the ends of the ribbon. This will heat seal it and prevent future fraying.

Note: you can also seal the ends using Fray Check or with a wood burning tool. See Tips.

To complete the center knot get a smaller piece of ribbon. I used a 7/8 ribbon.

Cut a piece long enough for you to knot and work with.
Loop it much like an awareness ribbon looks.
Tuck one tail through the loop and pull.
Once you have pulled it tight you may need to rotate the tails close to the knot so you have a smooth pretty tail coming from either side of the knot.
Slide in your choice of clip. My daughter has fine hair so we use the alligator clips.

Note: You can line your clips to prevent slipping. See Tips.

Put a tiny dot of glue on the center of your bow and secure the knot in the center. Then, fold each tail over one at a time securing it with hot glue on the alligator clip with the prong open. Trim the tail and Repeat with the other tail.

Seal the exposed ribbon end that you just trimmed up on the back side.
Adjust your "tails" so they are as you like them.

Your bow is done! Enjoy!

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