If you're not all caught up on your Game of Thrones viewing, don't worry; you won't find any spoilers here. What you will find, however, is the next DIY costume that you'll want to wear to the next costume party on your social calendar. Whether you're team Lannister or team Stark, channeling your inner Night Watchman has never been easier.
What if we told you that everything you need to make your very own Night's Watch cape is right here, in this picture? That's exactly what we're telling you. No wonder Game of Thrones has won several Emmys for costume design.
Yep, you've probably gotten the picture by now. You don't have to be a Brother of the Night's watch to snag the latest costume. That's because the only thing that you need to make the coolest cape is lying in your living room.
Look at him, looking all majestic and characteristically brooding. How would he feel if he knew that his trusty Night's Watch coat was made of something particularly surprising? Yes, that's right — Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton revealed that the Night's Watch capes are actually made from rugs.
IKEA Norway shared this Facebook post with step by step instructions on how to construct your very own Game of Thrones coat. Simply cut a hole in the center of the rug, and you've got your cape. IKEA: The best meatballs in town and how to suit up for the snow? What will they possibly think of next? Disclaimer: IKEA doesn't sell swords. Maybe that's what's coming out in the fall catalogue.
The Night's Watch cape can be yours for the price of $79. The rug is sold online and in IKEA stores — but get 'em quick, inventory is running out. It's no surprise: who doesn't want to dress up like everyone's favorite member of the Night's Watch?
Whenever someone becomes a member of the Night's Watch, they swear an oath that binds them to membership, where leaving is punishable by death. Purchase the rug at your own risk, and think before you say, "I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls."
And if you don't want to follow in Jon's footsteps, there's always good ol' Samwell Tarly. Your rug cape can help you cosplay any of the Brothers of the Night's Watch, all for an $80 price tag. All you need is your handy IKEA instructions, their Vinter rug, and you're good to go.
Mostly everyone's clothing choices in Westeros would be in trouble according to Edna, but we know few Game of Thrones costumes are complete without the adorning of an elaborate cape. It's the perfect accessory for anyone looking to take over the throne, or just keep out the cold. Just make sure to machine wash cold when it's time for a laundry cycle.
It's never too early to start planning for Halloween, so get your rugs and scissors out. Try one on for size, and get your friends in on it to start your own army. After all, winter is coming and the Night's Watch needs all the members it can get.
Apart from the show's Emmy winning designer Michele Clapton, Game of Thrones also employs a full-time embroiderer, Michele Carragher. The stitching of characters' costumes tell elaborate stories, all woven up in the threads. The Night Watch's cloaks may not have been too complicated, but some other pieces require intense detail. Sansa Stark's wedding dress was embellished with crests of her old family and the emblems from her new husband's family. It took Carragher 14 days to stitch the dress.
"Lots of people can do stitches, but it's really about the blend of her artistic skills and creativeness," says Clapton of Carragher's work. "And she is so quick and fluid." Sometimes, the unthinkable happens: a tear in the clothes because of an action scene or a spill, and Carragher has to quickly re-create a costume.
Game of Thrones fashion even inspired a high-fashion clothing line. When the show was in its first few seasons, Helmut Lang debuted a runway show full of pieces reminiscent of the world of Westeros, from lots of leather to a bounty of boots. And, yes, there were lots of capes, too.
Fashion isn't the only thing inspired by the hit television series: you can get your grub on to the tune of Thrones, too. Food editor Rick Martinez imagined the recipes fit for any Game of Thrones viewing party, including direwolf bread and Sansa's lemon cakes.
Count us in for anything that jumps off the screen from the Game of Thrones world, from the clothes to the food.