Whoa - thanks for the replies! I too have some of the daggiest lace hangers that survived my childhood and I didn't realise their value until I started storing my dresses on them. I know what you mean about their not being appreciated or 'desirable' as such - but I think I'll make them for the nanas, mums, aunties, etc. Or maybe as a 'side present' along with other goodies.
Unfortunately they're from an Aussie Paton's book called 'The Big Book of Small Projects', so I can't share the pattern. What I can tell you is that these are super easy to make, and you could create your own pattern. I can whip up 1 in a couple of nights (depending on the pattern) and, but I'd say I'm a slow (and easily distracted) knitter. The ones here are knitted using 8ply scrap yarn on 3.75mm needles. I'm still not sure about embellishing them, but I guess I'll try a few things and see what works. I really like the idea of little buttons to wrap spag straps around!
If anyone's after a tutorial lemme know. Once again, thanks for the feedback.