7/8″ Pinwheels with No Tails, Double Bow Tie Style

Date Created: Summer 2016
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 10-15 minutes
Pricing: $2+ depending on price of ribbon and other materials
Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
  • alligator clip or barrette (30-40mm hair clip, I used a 40mm French clip in this example, but I’ve also used 30-40mm flat rectangular top toothed alligator clips as well.)
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue
  • (2) 6″ pieces of 7/8″ grosgrain, for pinwheel
  • (1) 4″ piece of 3/8″ grosgrain, for center wrap

These pinwheels are made with 2 pieces of stitched ribbon using 7/8″ grosgrain, mounted on a 40mm French clip, wrapped with 3/8″ matching grosgrain at the center and measure 2 1/2″ in width at completion.

Fold the 7/8″ ribbons in half and mark the center. Then, 1 ribbon at a time, fold the ribbon like you are going to make a tuxedo bow tie and using the needle and thread, make 2 stitches down the center. Repeat on the 2nd ribbon. Wrap and cinch together neatly. Glue clip on and wrap center.

I’ve made these in every color of 7/8″ ribbon I have, which is about 25 colors.  They are such a popular and cute clip and so easy to make.  They are much quicker to make and cheaper if you mount them on an alligator clip than a french barrette clip, however, nothing stays in my daughter’s hair unless it is on a french clip. I sell these for $2 at the craft fairs and they go quickly.



Pinwheel Practice and Sizing

Pinwheels: with tails, with no tails and bow tie with tails

I wanted to see how the pinwheels came out when I made them with or without tails and how big they would be and how they would look on the clips.  Here are a few variations with 5/8″ colored dots grosgrain ribbon.


Pinwheel with tails on ribbon lined alligator clip

  • 9 1/2″ of 5/8″ colored dots ribbon for pinwheel with tails on 1 3/4″ template
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ hot pink for ribbon lined clip
  • 1 1/2″ of 1/4″ hot pink for center
  • NOTE: I think I’d prefer this pinwheel with tails on a 2″ template instead

Pinwheel with no tails on ribbon lined alligator clip

  • 9″ of 5/8″ colored dots ribbon for pinwheel with no tails on 1 3/4″ template
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ fuchsia for ribbon lined clip
  • 1 1/2″ of 1/4″ fuchsia for center

Bow tie with separate tails on ribbon lined alligator clip

  • 4″ for bow tie and 2″ for tails, sewn on separately
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ royal blue for ribbon lined clip
  • 4″ of 3/8″ royal blue for center knot