I’m sure that things could be tweaked to become better, but I thought I’d give you a starting place. It works fine for us, but I think it would be great to have laminated fabric or try out the iron on vinyl, for weather proofing. Of course, that does make it more pricey however. I made this for a couple bucks! As it is though, I can always just take it off an throw it in the wash.
*Edited to add: I’m not sure why my adobe pdf files did this, but when I made the file for the side panels, it added an inch. So as a result, if you print onto a normal size paper, the pattern would be too small. So if making this, make sure to download the right pattern. The link below has been fixed! Sorry about that mix-up!
What you’ll need:
*one 9.5″ x 16″ fabric for outer
*one 9.5″ x 16″ fabric for inner
*2 outer prints cut out using the pattern below for the sides
*2 inner fabric pieces using the pattern below for the sides
*wire hangers: cut two pieces 14.5″ long, two 6.5” long, and one that is 8” long
*interfacing–I just traced my outer pieces and used the iron-on kind
*three 1″ strips velcro (you can easily change it up to add straps with velcro or with snaps, I just don’t have a snap press)
*one 9″x 9″ square outer fabric
*plasti-dip or rough sand paper (hopefully that would work if you don’t have plasti-dip)
Sew a 1/4″ around the entire pocket, leaving the small opening still for the wire. Where it is top-stitched at the top, sew the 1/4″ away from the topstitch line, not from the edge.
Insert one of the 6.5″ pieces along the top of the side piece. Now do the same thing for the other side of the basket.
Take the two 9.5″ x 16″ pieces of fabric and sew, wrong sides together, leaving one of the 9.5″ sides open.
Clip the corners.
Iron in the un-finished edges about a 1/4″, and topstitch around the entire thing, again leaving a small opening on the top that was left un-finished originally(this is how I wish I had done the sides, but it’s really not a big deal at all).
Take your 9″ square, fold in half with right sides together, and sew 1/4″ seam along 2 sides, leaving one of the short sides open.
All done! It seems like a lot of work, but it really isn’t. Here’s my older son testing it out. That dog is pretty big, but it stayed in the basket for the test run:).