Wire cutters or old kitchen shears, something you don't mind using to cut wire- it will ruin your good scissors
Good ribbon cutting scissors
Hot glue gun and glue stick
7 inches of 7/8 inch grosgrain ribbon
30 inches of 1 1/2 inch grosgrain ribbon
25 inches of 2 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon
Lay the piece of 1 1/2 inch ribbon over your hand like so. Keep in mind I am right handed. If you are left handed, then reverse the hand used.
This takes practice, so be patient with yourself. If you get lots of wrinkles, just iron them out and start again. Don't iron directly on printed ribbon like this paw print ribbon though.
Wrap a piece of wire around the middle of this section to hold it in place while you continue working.
Now if you don't want a fancy smancy double-decker hairbow, you can stop here and follow the directions for finishing this smaller bow. This bow would be a good size for about a 2-3 year old.
Use the piece of 7/8 inch ribbon and loop over and through itself just as you would to make a knot. Except when you do, be careful to make it pretty especially as you are tightening it down.
Do not tighten as much as you can, but leave it rather loose. Notice how it forms a point, or triangle in the middle, and the tails are lying flat.
Trim the extra wire from the back of the bow, leaving enough to hold the twist together, but not so much it is in the way.
Lay the knot on the center front right over the wire, and pull one tail to the back rather tightly.
Put a dab of hot glue on the center in the back. Make sure you've got the knot centered on the front and glue the tail down. Trim away the excess tail.
Put another dab of glue and stick the barrette down (if using the springy type of barrette see instructions below).
Open the barrette and pull the other tail around tightly, put a little glue underneath and stick it down.
Trim away the excess tail.
Trim ends of bow, cutting with one smooth motion at a 45 degree angle, apply fray check to the ends and you are done.
NOW FOR THE DOUBLE DECKER ADDITION:
Do not finish off the bow above, but stop after wrapping the wire around the first bow section, and continue below.
Lay carefully on table. These loops should be about 7 inches long.
Scroonch up this bow and wrap with wire.
Tie a loose knot in the middle of this piece of ribbon, but do not pull tightly.
Carefully arrange the knot as you tighten it so that it is pointed in the middle and the tails are lying flat.
Dab hot glue on top of larger bow and stack smaller bow on top.
Place knot in the middle and add a bit of hot glue in between here too.