8 DIY Dog Carrier Slings You Can Make Today

diy carrier slings

If you have a small dog, being able to carry her around can be extremely convenient, especially if she gets injured or exhausted on long walks…

Oh, who are we kidding? You want to carry your dog because she’s adorable and you like having her close to you.

If that’s the case, one of these DIY slings will make it easy to keep your precious pup next to you at all times — without costing you an arm and a leg.

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1. DIY Dog Carrier Sling by Cuteness

dog carrier sling
Credit: Susan Schmitz, Shutterstock
Description
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Skills Needed: Basic sewing skills
  • Tools Necessary: Fabric, rings, tape measure, sewing machine

This sling from Cuteness can hold pups weighing up to 30 pounds, and it leaves your hands completely free while you walk.

That’s important because the pettings don’t stop just because your dog is airborne.

2. Pets on Mom DIY Dog Sling

dog carrier sling
Credit: Alan Budman, Shutterstock
Description
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Skills Needed: Basic sewing skills
  • Tools Necessary: Measuring tape, fabric, sling rings, sewing machine

Pets on Mom offers up this sling, which keeps your pooch wrapped tightly to your chest.

This makes for a comfy ride for the both of you, making it a great accessory for long walks through nature or the nearest mall.

3. DIY Dogsaholic Carrier Sling

Dog carrier sling
Credit: dogsaholic.com
Description
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Skills Needed: None
  • Tools Necessary: Reusable grocery bag, scissors

Dogsaholic is filled with handy sling ideas, and this is the first — and simplest — one on this list.

While the idea of carrying your dog around in a shopping bag might seem off-putting at first, your pup won’t care — and you certainly won’t mind all the time you saved not having to make it, either.

4. Second Carrier Sling Idea by Dogsaholic

Dog carrier sling
Credit: dogsaholic.com
Description
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Skills Needed: Basic sewing skills
  • Tools Necessary: Fabric, sewing machine, needle and thread, ruler, pencil

The second idea from Dogsaholic is a little more fashionable. It involves turning flannel or other fabric into a purse-like carrier you wear around your neck.

This makes for a durable and stable carrier, while also distributing the weight evenly across your upper back.

5. Carrier Sling DIY from The Nest

dog carrier sling
Credit: dogsaholic.com
Description
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Skills Needed: Basic sewing skills
  • Tools Necessary: Fabric, scissors, sewing machine, thread

This puppy papoose from The Nest offers plenty of support and cushioning, making it a great way to transport injured pets.

You don’t have to wait for disaster to strike to use it, though, as it’s more than capable of standing up to everyday use.

6. DIY Dog Sling Idea: Chloe & Rose

dog carrier sling
Credit: Chloe&Rose
Description
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Skills Needed: None
  • Tools Necessary: Moby wrap or long fabric

While this option from Chloe & Rose repurposes a Moby wrap that’s commonly used for cradling infants, you can make your own with any long piece of fabric.

Then again, we can’t imagine how much fun it must be to have people come up to get a look at your baby, only to find that she has four legs and a tail.

7. Pattern Pile Dog Carrier Sling Idea

dog carrier sling
Credit: patternpile.com
Description
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Skills Needed: Intermediate sewing skills
  • Tools Necessary: Sewing machine, fabric, needle, thread, measuring tape

Pattern Pile offers a PDF that shows you exactly how to sew this sling to their exact specifications.

It’s a lot of work, and you’d better be confident in your sewing machine skills, but the end result is one of the most stylish slings you’ll find on this list — or anywhere, for that matter.

8. DIY Dog Carrier Sling by Jenna Marbles Vlog

dog carrier sling
Credit: Jenna Marbles Vlog
Description
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Skills Needed: None
  • Tools Necessary: Long-sleeve T-shirt

Courtesy of Jenna Marbles Vlog, we have this extremely convenient sling that’s made out of an old T-shirt.

All you have to do is wrap the pup in a long-sleeve T-shirt and tie the sleeves around your neck. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

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Carry Your Dog Everywhere

The sling ideas on this list make it easy to carry your dog with you everywhere. While that’s handy for everyday use, it could potentially prove to be a real lifesaver in the case of an emergency.

Or you could just use it to carry her lazy butt around the house. It’s up to you.