One of the nicest ways to finish off a card is with a ribbon bow. I thought I was pretty good at tying ribbon, but I found that without a consistent method, some of my bows were perfect, and others were definitely not. I would sit there trying to reverse engineer the good ones and work out what I had done! My downfall was single-sided ribbon, I could never work out how to get the pattern to remain uppermost, and many twists and loops later, it was hit-and-miss as to whether I had the desired result.
Now that I have sat down and had a bit of a think, here is a very easy method to tie a perfect flat bow using single-sided or double-sided ribbon. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
* For this method you can leave the ribbon on the spool and cut it once the bow is finished to save ribbon wastage.
Step 1: Make a loop ensuring the cut end (this will be the tail) is on the top and pinch to hold.
Step 2: Wrap the ribbon around the front to form a small loop (just like tying your shoe) and bring it round to the back. See how the underside of the ribbon is now showing? Give the ribbon a tight half-twist close to where you are pinching the centre, so the printed side is uppermost and push it through the central loop as shown below to form the bow.
Note: I am left handed, so I actually hold the bow in my right hand to tie. I took the photos and flipped them to look right handed - this method works in either hand. I even tried it out on my Dad!