I never had any luck with the figure eight method so I really can not help you out, but this is the way I make mine..... hope this helps. Also you can make a template out off cardboard, I did!!!
Good luck & practice, practice, practice!!!!! http://www.girlythingsbows.com/boutique_bow.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYm3z6xWY8I