Mimi Kirchner is a Boston-based artist who makes fabric art toys for grown-ups. Her original, one-of-a-kind artwork represent a range of characters from sweet babies to buff, tattooed men. Each one is a mix of reclaimed, new, vintage and over-dyed fabrics and trims; they are meticulously crafted with hand-embroidery and applique details. The work was born out of the wealth of materials she acquired while clearing out 50 years worth of sewing fabrics and notions amassed by her mother.

Mimi’s artwork has sold and been in shows around the world, licensed for children’s toys (Land of Nod) and Christmas ornaments (West Elm), and is featured in several books and many magazines. A second line of West Elm Christmas ornaments will come out next fall.

Mimi sells her dolls in her Etsy shop and she has five patterns available on Etsy and Craftsy.

Mimi’s Hand Sewn Felt Dolls free PDF pattern at The Purl Bee is a Softie Du Jour in our series. Take a closer look at all of Mimi’s work on her blog and via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where you can see lots of process shots. We have a new post from Mimi, coming up next!