Retro Mod Fabric Pumpkins With Chair Spindle Stems

Do you love mid-century modern style? The ever-so-popular resurgence of bold patterns and color palettes from the 70s. If so, then I have a unique idea for decorating your home in mid-century style for Fall.



Today I'm sharing how to make retro mod fabric pumpkins with bold flower power prints in traditional Fall colors. But what also makes them unique is that they have antique chair spindle stems.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

DIY Mid-Century Modern Style Fabric Pumpkins

The inspiration for these mid-century modern-style fabric pumpkins came from some chairs. My son showed up on my driveway one day with a dilapidated antique chair in the back of his car, knowing I'd find a use for it.



He saw it in the trunk of a customer's vehicle and asked what she planned on doing with it. She said she was on her way to the dump. When he told her what his mother did for a living, she was happy for him to take it off her hands.



It's since been the chair that keeps on giving! Piece-by-piece I've been slowly repurposing the old chair parts. I turned the chair seat into a fun dog leash holder and the back of the chair into a Unique Bird Feeder. You can see what I did with the other chair parts on my repurposed antique chair page.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

The other chair that provided the inspiration for going retro with my fabric pumpkins is leftover fabric from my Mid-Century Modern Armchair Makeover. The 70s flower power color palette reminded me of the traditional colors of fall.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

Then the pumpkins took a bit of a boho turn when I embellished them with skeleton keys, and large loopy bows and gemstone beads in retro colors.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

What You'll Need To Make It

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Supply List

Retro Mod Floral Fabric (alternative)
Chair Spindles (salvaged)
Florist Foam (salvaged)
Poly Fill Stuffing (had on hand)
1 1/2 Inch Wired Brown Ribbon
Large Acrylic Gem Beads
Skeleton Keys
Needle And Thread



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

Here's How I Did It

The fabric pumpkins do not require a sewing machine to make them. If you can thread a needle, you can make these!



Antique Chair Spindle Stems

For the pumpkin stems, first I refreshed the wooden chair spindles with an antique brown wax. Instead of cutting the chair spindles and gluing them onto the pumpkins, I came up with another idea for holding the stems in place.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

I had several floral foam blocks leftover from my daughter's wedding centerpieces and decided to put them to good use. Floral foam can be messy so alternatively, you could use craft foam blocks instead.



Stick each chair spindle into the center of the foam. With a serrated knife, round the corners slightly so there are no sharp corners. Next, place a small bit of batting on the bottom of the foam.



Fabric Pumpkin Assembly

Instead of providing the instructions for how to cut, sew, and assemble the fabric pumpkins, you can find a detailed step-by-step tutorial in my Ticking Fabric Pumpkins and Cozy Sweater Pumpkins posts.



Pumpkin Embellishments

I ran out of brown ribbon when I got to the largest stemmed pumpkin and used what I had on hand instead. My recommendation is to use a wire ribbon for a more open loop bow that sits on top of the pumpkin rather than laying flat.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

I had these plastic gemstone beads in retro colors in my stash for many years. I can't even remember where I got them. I had exactly five - it's like they were waiting for my pumpkins! The colors match perfectly with the fabric.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

I purchased skeleton keys to hang from the stems along with the beads. Low and behold, they also came in a package of five.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

For a closer look at the embellishments, here is a top view of the pumpkins.



Funky retro mid-century style fabric pumpkins with chair spindle stems that have a unique modern edge in traditional Fall colors for fall decorating.

I know my quirky take on traditional fabric pumpkins is not for everyone. But if you or anyone you know loves either a boho or mid-century modern vibe, please share my retro fabric pumpkin idea with them. Maybe we'll start a fall decor trend!



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  1. What clever ideas for pumpkins, I have all kinds of charms, I had not thought of using them on fall decorations, maybe even on a wreath. I would love to have you join us on #omhgww to share your talents. Hope you can find your way over, see you soon!
    Happy Fall!

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    1. Thank you very much, Karren, appreciate you popping over for a visit! Oh yes, those charms are fabulous for Fall decor or any seasonal decor for that matter. Whenever I find them on sale, I grab a few because you never know when you could use them. Thanks for the invite too. 😊

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