Entrepreneur: Sarah-Jayne Fragola

Biz: Bella Coco Crochet

Tilt: Crochet instructions

Scene: Website, YouTube, newsletter, podcast (The Yarn Over), book (You Can Crochet With Bella Coco)

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  • Sarah-Jayne Fragola started a personal blog in 2011. A few years in, someone suggested she post a video on her crocheting hobby on YouTube. She did it, expecting no one to watch. They did, and her Bella Coco Crochet brand was launched.
  • In 2022, she opened a content studio for her business, hiring three people, including a photographer and community manager.
  • Sarah-Jayne says her best advice is listening to your audience – their feedback is essential to moving the business forward.

Why We Stan: Sarah-Jayne was one of millions as a lifestyle blogger. But by narrowing her content to focus on her hobby specialty, she found an audience of over a million and a long-term viable content business with Bella Coco Crochet.

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The Story of Sarah-Jayne Fragola

A few years into her personal blog, Sarah-Jayne Fragola got a suggestion to share her crocheting skills in a tutorial video on YouTube.

“And I was like, ‘Nobody would watch that.’ But I was up for the challenge! I did it because I love the whole creative process,” Sarah-Jayne tells tubefilter.

She created a video about how to make a granny square. It took her over eight hours to get it uploaded, and she still thought it wouldn’t get any interest. But YouTube viewers proved her wrong, and she kept creating and posting.

Eight years ago, Sarah-Jayne Fragola posted her first YouTube video on how to crochet a granny square. Now, 10M people have watched it.

In 2016, she opened Bella Coco Store, where she sold yarns, prints, and crochet accessories. The store remains today, though most products are digital, primarily patterns for projects.

Bell Coco has grown exponentially and turned into her full-time business about five years ago. In 2020, she partnered with the Crochet Society for a monthly subscription box. Sarah-Jayne tells tubefilter she likes working with a brand that handles the logistics side and lets her focus on the creative side. She also started a monthly column in Crochet Now Magazine.

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Bella Coco has 1.29M subscribers on YouTube, where she offers a diverse mix of all things crochet, from a playlist for the “absolute beginner” to a series for left-handed crocheters. Of course, she also has how-to videos for projects, holidays, and more.

Most importantly, her website serves as a great home for the business, incorporating her video tutorials, crochet projects (free text-based instructions that also include fully disclosed affiliate links), blog, and store. 

In 2022, she opened her own content studio with three full-time people, including a photographer, a community manager, and her mom. As the team expanded so did her content products. She launched a podcast, The Yarn Over, where she interviews guests on all things crochet and yarn related. In October, she published a book – You Can Crochet With Bella Coco – through Penguin Random House Canada.

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Sarah-Jayne plans two days every week to focus on the business while her young daughters are in nursery school. She says Tuesdays are team-meeting days to talk about what’s coming up on the website, products, etc. She devotes Thursdays to filming all her content, which she edits herself.

As for her biggest tip for other content entrepreneurs, Sarah-Jayne tells tubefilter it’s all about the audience – “listening to people who are watching the videos. Always listening to their feedback, whether it’s positive or there’s room for improvement.”

About the author

Ann regularly combines words and strategy for B2B, B2C, and nonprofits, continuing to live up to her high school nickname, Editor Ann. An IABC Communicator of the Year and founder of G Force Communication, Ann coaches and trains professionals in all things content. Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.