The Little Fox

Remember these button eyes?

Most of you guessed a hedgehog or pointy nose dog but Bekki and a couple of others guessed right.

Its a fox.

But not just any old fox.  He is from the much loved French book ‘The Little Prince‘ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)

Well sort of.

Below is the way the fox is illustrated in the book – speaking wise words.  ***

In the (excellent) animated film version of 2015/2016 – the rights of which were acquired by Netflix  – there is also a plushie fox which is given to a little girl by ‘the aviator’ who is telling her the story of the Little Prince.

So, the pattern I used, which I bought from Etsy, was based on the soft toy in the film version.  You can find it here should you be tempted.

The instructions were originally in Italian and the translation is a bit ‘wobbly’ in places but the pattern pieces come together wonderfully well, as you can see.

So you can’t really complain can you?

I made him with sheets of a wool blend felt I got from Minerva Crafts which were, by a stroke of luck, on sale at the time.  Lovely to sew with – no fraying, just nice clean seams.

I expect a lot of you will have read the book either in French or English or will definitely have heard of it.  It’s very deep and meaningful and philosophical in true French fashion but the messages are universal.

Personally, I loved the film version which is very respectful of the original novella and, if you can, try to catch it, it’s in English.  Don’t forget the tissues.

Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux”

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

So true.

 

*** For me you’re only a little boy just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you have no need of me, either. For you I’m only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, we’ll need each other. You’ll be the only boy in the world for me. I’ll be the only fox in the world for you….” 
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPqgSNLfK8

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  1. #1 by claire93 on May 4, 2019 - 12:10

    how cute is he!!!!

    • #2 by tialys on May 4, 2019 - 13:46

      Very cute. I’ve already had a request to make another one. Luckily, I over-ordered the felt sheets so I’ve got enough for two or three more.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on May 4, 2019 - 12:31

    I was misled by the colour in that first photo; it looks brown, not ginger! But he’s a gorgeous fox, and I particularly love his voluminous tail. My favourite quote is: “I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies”…

    • #4 by tialys on May 4, 2019 - 13:46

      Ooh, sorry to mislead you – the lighting was different when I took that first photo.
      There are some great quotes aren’t there? I’ve certainly endured a few caterpillars in my time!

      • #5 by katechiconi on May 4, 2019 - 13:53

        I probably wouldn’t have guessed a fox anyway… And yes, it’s a great source book for perfectly crafted one-liners!

  3. #6 by Nanette on May 4, 2019 - 13:46

    A very fine fox indeed, you’ve done an excellent job on him.Is he going to the expected baby or for yourself?

    • #7 by tialys on May 4, 2019 - 13:52

      I’m not sure I can part with him. I fell for him when my daughter and I watched the film together and immediately said ‘I wonder if there’s a pattern to make one of those?’. She’s asked me to make another one for her but, really, I suppose I should let her have this one as one fox per household is probably sufficient.

      • #8 by Nanette on May 4, 2019 - 13:56

        I looked at the patter and was surprised he was so big, a lovely cuddly armful. I can see why you’d want him for yourself. Always room for 2 foxes, specially if you’ve fallen for him 💛

      • #9 by tialys on May 4, 2019 - 15:32

        Yes, he’s 45cm from base to tip of nose so very cuddly.

  4. #10 by kathyreeves on May 4, 2019 - 15:31

    What a cute fox. Now I am feeling the need to read The Little Prince….:)

    • #11 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 11:19

      I think you’d enjoy it.

      • #12 by kathyreeves on May 5, 2019 - 13:44

        I think I read it years and years ago….

  5. #13 by KerryCan on May 4, 2019 - 17:56

    Oh, I loved that book! We had to read it, in French, in my high school class, so I think I concentrated on the words and meaning more than I would’ve if I’d breezed thru it in English. It really left a huge mark on my heart. Your little fox is so adorable–you really must keep him.

    • #14 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 11:18

      Studying a book in depth – especially one you enjoy – definitely makes more of an impression doesn’t it? I remember the novels and plays I studied for English Literature years ago much better than anything I read now which, except in rare cases, tend to be ‘of the moment’. I’m glad you feel I did the fox justice.

  6. #15 by Kim on May 4, 2019 - 19:02

    An outstandingly smart fox 😀

  7. #17 by thecontentedcrafter on May 4, 2019 - 21:39

    I LOVE your fox!! ❤ I like the colour of him as I see it here, quite different from the original glimpse we had I think. And who does not love The Little Prince – a work of marvelous depth and inspiration that is universal and timeless. Your fox is of a stature that is certainly commensurate with that tale, You have made such a lovely job of him, I would want to keep it for sure! I love that detail stitching along the seams, it is the finest of finishing touches! I hadn't been tempted to watch the movie on Netflix, thinking the story might be spoiled, but you've tempted me to do that too……….

    • #18 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 11:25

      Yes, sorry about that, the original photo was a spur of the moment ‘snap’ I took in poor lighting to add on to the end of my post about buttons.
      I’m glad you think my fox measures up to your affection for the book and, if you watch the movie (and I’m sure you’d enjoy it), you’ll catch sight of the one he’s modelled on and know why I felt I just had to make my own.

      • #19 by thecontentedcrafter on May 5, 2019 - 21:20

        And I am going to watch it! 🙂

      • #20 by tialys on May 7, 2019 - 09:23

        Good – let me know what you think.

      • #21 by thecontentedcrafter on May 7, 2019 - 10:06

        I watched it last night and thought it a clever way to tell the tale – and I enjoyed it 🙂

  8. #22 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 4, 2019 - 23:19

    Love the book. Love being right too! 🙂

    • #23 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 11:21

      Shame there wasn’t a prize. 🏆

  9. #25 by CurlsnSkirls on May 5, 2019 - 02:42

    Put the book on my must read list. Mercí !
    And a lovely, sweet fox!

    • #26 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 11:22

      Thank you, I’m really pleased with how he turned out.

  10. #27 by anne54 on May 5, 2019 - 06:53

    Glorious fox! Could he be Mr Fox from “Fabulous Mr Fox” as well? I have been meaning to reread ‘The Little Prince”, so now I will, and think of your fox.

    • #28 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 11:22

      I think you’ll like the book – everybody seems to.

      • #29 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 13:59

        Oops, just realised you said ‘re-read’ so you already know you’re going to enjoy it.

  11. #30 by nanacathy2 on May 5, 2019 - 12:49

    Yes to us foxy ladies, he is so sweet, but I don’t know the film at all.

    • #31 by tialys on May 5, 2019 - 13:54

      It would be a lovely one to watch with, say, Little Miss F but, be warned, she might ask you to make her a fox afterwards.
      If you click on the YouTube link at the end of my post, you can watch the trailer.

  12. #32 by PendleStitches on May 5, 2019 - 15:43

    He is totally adorable! I’m on a bit of a Luna Lapin kick at the moment. I’m required to make two rabbity-hares and a fox. Then I may get to making one for me! 😉

    • #33 by tialys on May 7, 2019 - 09:28

      ‘a quiet and kind rabbit with impeccable taste’ – no wonder you can’t resist. I’ve had a look at the available books and see her foxy friend – he looks adorable as does the badger. I’m tempted but don’t usually tackle toys because the stuffing drives me crazy and my embroidery skills aren’t up to anything complicated. Luna and her friends don’t look overdone on the embroidery front though and – ooh – to make their little clothes. Somebody stop me.

      • #34 by PendleStitches on May 8, 2019 - 15:10

        I’m refusing to get between a woman and her felt! Having made adorable knitted rabbits from Little Cotton Rabbits, Luna is so much easier to stuff! And the embroidery is limited to a wee bit on her nose! The wee clothes are delightful, though, which is one of the reasons I want to make myself one to keep me company in the sewing room (along with the dog and cats, obviously! 😉 )

  13. #35 by magpiesue on May 6, 2019 - 05:20

    Magnifique!

  14. #37 by Born To Organize on May 7, 2019 - 07:24

    I love your felt fox! I had no idea this charming book had been made into a Netflix animated wonder. I will have to ask Mike to add it to our list. A friend gave me a copy of this book when we were in college and I still have it. I love the quotes you’ve shared and remember them as well. Thanks for the memories and for sharing your latest sewing treasure.

    • #38 by tialys on May 7, 2019 - 09:22

      I think you’d enjoy the film – the heart of it stays very true to the original. Let me know what you think if you watch it.

      • #39 by Born To Organize on May 8, 2019 - 05:47

        I will. I’ve just shown the link to Mike now. (Sad to say, I can barely operate the TV in my own home). Too many bells and whistles these days. Honestly I should make the effort…

      • #40 by tialys on May 8, 2019 - 12:53

        Haha! I know what you mean but ours is even more complicated as we have to jump through many hoops to get U.K. t.v. in France and I’m afraid, even after 14 years, I still can’t be doing with French T.V.

      • #41 by Born To Organize on May 15, 2019 - 20:24

        🙂

  15. #42 by Lynda on May 9, 2019 - 18:42

    First read story in High School. Saw new movie and loved it. Your adorable fox is too cute! I want one.
    (Comment terse – hand/wrist brace. :\ )

    • #43 by tialys on May 12, 2019 - 17:41

      It’s a good film isn’t it? I hope your wrist is feeling better.

  16. #44 by sew2pro on May 15, 2019 - 23:17

    What a sweetie. We will have to start calling you Foxy Lady.
    I remember reading the book.. oh.. forty years ago ( *in Croatian). Maybe a re-read would be timely as I don’t remember much about it except that I found it very moving. I’m going to Wiki to find about more about the author.

    • #45 by tialys on May 16, 2019 - 14:02

      I just bought it from a used book store in the U.K. – translated into English by Katherine Woods which is apparently the best. It’s actually quite a vintage copy from the 70s and printed in New York. It only cost a couple of quid whereas I’d have had to pay much more to buy a new one here in France. Plus, I don’t think my French is up to all those philosophical meanderings.

  17. #46 by dezertsuz on June 2, 2019 - 22:10

    The fox is adorable! I loved that book and reading it to my children was a great joy.

  18. #47 by jendavismiller on June 4, 2019 - 04:05

    Oh goodness, how do I not know this story? I must find it, read it, watch it….all with tissues in hand (and thank you for the hanky warning!) Your little fox is just adorable.

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