This portable pet carrier is easy to make and doesn't cost a lot in materials. The mesh top is removable so the basket can be used for an outing or at home as a pet bed.

Step 1

Make a Water-Resistant Basket Liner

Fold a plastic tablecloth in half and lay it on your workspace. Place the basket upside down on top of the tablecloth and use a pen to mark the size of the basket on the tablecloth. Cut the tablecloth (double-sided) at least 3 inches larger than the marking to allow for the seam and stuffing. Sew the two pieces together almost all the way; leave an opening to add the stuffing. Then sew that last piece together.

Step 2

Stuff Liner

Add stuffing or bedding scraps to water-proof liner. Sew closed. Add a pillowcase or coverlet to make it more comfortable.

Step 3


Decorate the Basket

We choose to hot glue wood letters to the side of the basket to spell the dog's name. You can paint the basket or embellish with ribbon — or leave as-is.

Step 4

Make Mesh Cover

Cut a piece of screen material large enough to go over the basket handles and halfway down the sides of the basket. Cut the corners the shape of the basket. Sew a seam all the way around the material large enough to allow the elastic to slide through. Leave a small section open to straight pulling the elastic through with a safety pin.

Step 5


Fit the Mesh Cover

Make sure the cover fits snuggly over the basket, then sew the ends of the elastic together and sew up the rest of the seam.

Step 6


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Introduce the Basket to its New Owner

When not in use, the removable mesh cover can be tucked in the basket underneath the pillow.