Come to think of it, I haven't celebrated Chinese New Year since my college days, when I studied Chinese. But this banner has been rolling around in my brain for a couple of years and I thought I'd better just make it already. Maybe someday I'll make myself one, but this version is destined for my sil, L. [I'll give it to you in person . . .]
Nian = Year
Kuai Le = Happy
Instead of freehanding the characters, I copy and pasted from the internet, enlarged and printed them, then traced with chalk onto regular black felt. I then pinned all those tiny pieces down and zigzagged around the edges.