Popular in Victorian homes, wall pockets were used to store a wide variety of small household items.  These useful receptacles were hung on the wall and designed as catch-alls to hold anything from letters to needlework.  Instructions for making many styles of wall pockets were often found in household guides and ladies’ magazines.  A popular household guide from 1875 described wall pockets as follows:

     “Probably no one article of modern invention and ingenuity has afforded greater satisfaction than wall-pockets.  Persons naturally incline to take use and comfort whenever it is possible, and to have a receptacle for various articles, without the trouble of going to some inconvenient place to reach it, or without having the trouble of opening it when it is reached.  Hence, “wall-pockets,” “catch-alls,” and all the numerous class of conveniences classed under the head of “trouble-savers,” are voted the most popular inventions of the day.  It is certainly great comfort to a tidy housekeeper to have all things in her abode in a state of perfect neatness; and the opposite condition, when from cellar to attic every article is out of place, or thrown carelessly down, because the place for it is not convenient, keeps things in that state of chronic “unfixedness” which produced impatience and ill-temper as well; hence, these wall-pockets, and their class of relatives, are blessings; and as pretty things are a “joy forever,” we rejoice in their capability of being made into really artistic house adornments.”