Modern Retro Fabric Pumpkins With Chair Spindle Stems

A couple of years ago my son showed up on my driveway with a dilapidated antique chair in the back of his hatch. He noticed it in a customer's vehicle and asked what she was doing with it. When he told her what his mother did for a living, she was happy for him to take it off her hands.  I'm sure never in a million years would she have guessed part of it would become modern retro fabric pumpkins with antique chair spindle stems.

Modern Retro Fabric Pumpkins

Modern Retro Fabric Pumpkins With Chair Spindle Stems

It has been the chair that keeps on giving. So far it's parts have been repurposed into an Antique Chair Back Bird FeederAntique Chair Spindle Garden CaddiesDIY Computer Monitor StandChair Spindle Snowflake Decoration, and DIY Rustic Wedding Card Box for our daughter's wedding. And now Fall pumpkin stems!

Modern Retro Fabric Pumpkins

Back to the non-traditional fabric pumpkins with big bold vintage looking florals in traditional Fall colors. If you've been following the blog over the last year you may remember this fabric from my Mid-Century Modern Armchair Makeover.

Modern Mid-Century Modern Fabric Pumpkins

With their large loopy brown bows and skeleton keys embellished with large gem beads.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins Chair Spindle Stems

Bright and bold retro fabric

I didn't have enough fabric left over to sew cushions for my retro armchairs but I had enough remnants to use for these pumpkins. The bold colors are perfect for Fall and the retro vibe of the fabric gives the pumpkins that modern edge, which I love.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins Supplies

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Materials List

Retro Print 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 Key Charms
Needle And Thread

Instructions for making the modern fabric pumpkins 

Fabric pumpkin assembly

Instead of providing a detailed tutorial on how to cut, sew, and assemble the fabric pumpkins in this post, you can find both a step-by-step written and video tutorial here in my Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems post. I have another step-by-step tutorial here in my How To Make Sweater Pumpkins post too.

Antique chair spindle stems

First, I refreshed the wooden chair spindles with antique brown dark wax. Instead of cutting the chair spindles and gluing them onto the pumpkins I came up with this idea using florist foam leftover from the centerpieces from my daughter's wedding.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins Antique Chair Spindle Stems

With a serrated knife, round the corners of the foam so there aren't sharp corners poking through the fabric.

Place a small bit of batting on the bottom of the pumpkins and insert the chair spindle blocks into the fabric pouch.

Fill the cavity around the blocks with more batting and sew them closed with a needle and thread.

Modern pumpkin embellishments

On the pumpkin with the largest stem, I decided to change it up with different ribbon I ran out of ribbon and went with what I had on hand. I suggest using a wire ribbon for a more open loop bow that sits on top of the pumpkin rather than laying flat.

Modern Non-Traditional Fabric Pumpkins

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

Modern Fabric Pumpkins Plastic Gem Beads

I purchased skeleton keys to hang from the stems with the beads and wouldn't you know, they came in a package of five.

Modern Fabric Pumpkins Embellishment Supplies

Here's a top view of a pumpkin for a closer look at the embellishments.

Modern Bold Print Fabric Pumpkins

Recently I Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins to match the fabric of these modern pumpkins. Mixing fabric pumpkins with painted pumpkins on a tray is so pretty when creating Fall vignettes around the house.

I know these aren't for everyone but I'm curious what you think of my modern take on traditional fabric pumpkins?

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DIY Fall Modern Fabric Pumpkins

Modern Floral Fabric Pumpkins

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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!

    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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