I decided to be a pirate for Halloween this year. I had everything I needed except for boots, so I decided to make some shoe covers that looked like boots with some fake felt I had. I tried and tried shapes mainly for the Sonja costume, but still needed to know how to do them for myself. I found a couple tutorials that helped:
For my little parrot I just made some wings to pin to a red fleece thing I made her (ok, I probably made it for her brother 12 years ago?), then made a little hat. I really liked this pattern, but made the hat too small, so she really ended up looking like a squid. I didn't bother putting a beak on the hat when I realized it was too small.