How to Make a Puppy Papoose

Dr. Goodvet would get a lot more done if she would carry that pup in a sling.

Dr. Goodvet would get a lot more done if she would carry that pup in a sling.

Every healthy pup needs exercise, but you can still give one a lift. A crippled or abuse puppy, meanwhile, might need more than just an occasional hoist and hug. A puppy papoose is a solution; it's a sling, actually, in which you carry the puppy in front of you.

Cut the fabric to measure 50 inches long and 30 inches wide. Fold the piece in half lengthwise.

Sew each ends of the material closed using a sewing machine or a needle and thread. This will create the long pocket that your pooch will sit inside when you carry him.

Bring the two ends together. You can choose to sew them together flat or gather the ends and sew them this way. Place the finished papoose or sling around your neck and shoulder so that it hangs from your left or right shoulder to the opposite hip. The section where the two ends are sewn together should be near your neck. The open section of the pocket should face upward so your puppy can slip inside. Place your puppy inside the pocket and adjust the position so both of you are comfortable. Some puppies are more comfortable sitting up and looking out; others enjoy a cradle position.

Items you will need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle or sewing machine
  • Thread


  • Fleece and flannel fabrics work well for a papoose carrier and help keep your puppy warm when it’s cold outside.
  • Add a small blanket or towel into the pocket to create a platform or little nest for your puppy to snuggle in.
  • If you want to go all out and make a sling that can change design and style, use two different fabrics together. Place each piece on top of the other and sew together. Follow the remaining steps. Once complete, you have one pattern on the outside. Simply turn the papoose inside out and you have another pattern.


  • A quick and easy alternative is available for the sewing-challenged, but you must use caution to make sure your puppy is supported. Cut a piece of fabric 75 inches long and 30 inches wide. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and bring each end together. Tie the ends with a secure knot. To make sure the knot stays in place and keeps your puppy secure, place the sling on your body with something inside the pocket that is the same weight as your puppy. Always ensure the knot is secure before each use.

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