Ok you use the same method that I use and I find it much easier than the figure 8. I can never get my loops even with the figure 8 method but that's just me.
Ok yes when you make your bow with the folding method there will be a tail on top and a tail in the middle. When you spread your loops out you need to make your X as tall and skinny as you can as opposed to short and fat. I then clip with a salon clip and sew up and down the middle of the ribbon and then pull it to cinch it and tie it off. Then I put my fingers in the loops and pull them really hard and then shape the loops how I like them and soak it down with starch and let it dry