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Are you Bob and Larry fans too? We’ve been VeggieTales fans since before they were cool. Back when they were on VHS, when they didn’t have toys for sale, and before the animation was updated. They still had the same catchy songs (“Belly Button” song, anyone?) and biblical stories and messages that our boys loved.
Did you scream a little when you saw this photo? Yeah, it’s a little scary.
As I mentioned before, finding VeggieTales toys was next to impossible when my boys first started watching the movies. Dallin was a HUGE Larry Boy fan and had several of the VHS movies. Me, being the enabling mother that I am, decided to make him a felt Larry Boy plush toy. That was in 2006, almost 10 years ago! Larry Boy is still around, a bit worse for wear, and has seen hours and hours of playtime. I’ve learned a thing or two about making toys over the years.
First and foremost… Do NOT create a plush toy completely out of felt! Poor Larry looks like he has leprosy. Fleece or cotton would have held up much better. Felt works fabulous for small details, but it doesn’t take long to start to look fuzzy when your child is carrying it around.
My boys still enjoy watching VeggieTales on Sunday mornings, whether on DVD or on Netflix. They introduced the show to their little sisters who immediately fell in love with Bob, Larry, and the gang.
After seeing a similar one online, Aaron and I decided it would be fun to make a little No Sew Bob the Tomato. AND it uses hardly any felt! No leprosy for Bob, Yay!
We used a pin cushion, found in the sewing section at Walmart, for the base. How easy is that? Then we used craft glue and added the details out of felt. Done.
How cute would this be for a vacation bible school craft? It took less than 5 minutes, start to finish, and sits happily on his night stand.
My girls’ favorite VeggieTales characters are Petunia Rhubarb and Laura (a carrot).
Call me crazy, but I wasn’t about to attempt to make these toys on my own.
Ruby saw Laura at Walmart and was so excited. She said, “You know why Laura is my favorite, right?” and I said, “No, why?” Then she said, “Because she has so much pink on her!” OF COURSE.
Where were these cute plush toys when my boys were little and wanting them? Where were they when I was painstakingly cutting out tiny pieces of felt to sew onto Larry Boy?
Oh well, they are here now and my girls are thrilled to snuggle with them at night and watch VeggieTales with them.
I think my favorite VeggieTale is “Madame Blueberry.” What’s yours?
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