Instructions for making many styles of wall pockets could be found in nineteenth century books and magazines.   First published in 1875, Household Elegancies: Suggestions in Household Art and Tasteful Home Decorations, by Mrs. C. S. Jones and Henry T. Williams contained an entire chapter on wall pockets.  Instructions for Figure 2:


     The wall-pocket we show in Fig. 2 is made of white velveteen.  The figures are cut from paper, and fastened with small pins.  There are two sets of these: those leaving the surface pure white, and which constitute the flowers, stars and figures, which fill in the scroll-work point.  The scroll is cut separately.  These are placed in position, and the surface “spattered;” the scroll-work papers are then removed; the work again spattered slightly, then the flowers, etc., are removed; the black parts are then made with indelible ink and India ink rubbed together.  A pocket is made and lined on the upper part of the back, with black velveteen, which contrasts with the white edge, and shows the beauty of the work more distinctly.  This same pattern looks beautifully on white drilling-muslin, spattered with indelible ink, and is very useful in a chamber, to hang beside the bed or wash-stand.  An entire set, consisting of piano-cover, table-cover, tidies, covers for chairs, sofa, etc., were made with figures of various sized fern leaves; the sprays made with indelible ink, and India ink, equal parts.  Finish either with white fringe, cords and tassels.  The exquisite delicacy and beauty of this parlor-set can not be imagined; and after several washings, the beauty was not impaired.  We would advise our readers to try such a one.