By: Megan Roche
Sophia Honda’s interest in sewing came innocently enough. Honda wanted to create her own dress for her local Daddy/Daughter dance. Mom Mayumi immediately put her in sewing classes, loving the ideas that Sophia had. After making her dress for the Daddy/Daughter dance, Sophia’s passion for sewing only grew.
At 10 years old, Sophia, a fifth grader at Chester M. Stephens School, wanted to help make a difference when COVID-19 first impacted the US. When COVID first took it’s hold, Sophia sewed masks and donated them to Dress For Success, Northern New Jersey for their annual pop up sale.
“Fabiana Savaresi is the person who taught Sophia everything she knows about sewing and is the person responsible for her ‘journey’ thus far,” Mayumi said.
Since that time, Sophia’s passion for sewing has not stopped. At 10 years old, Sophia opened her own business to create masks. NAMI, by Sophia Honda, has sold over 70 masks in two weeks. Overwhelmed, Sophia decided to donate her earnings to the Mount Olive community food pantry.
“Sophia has sold over 70 masks in less than 2 months and she was so overwhelmed by the response that she wanted to give back all the generosity from everyone that bought her masks to the community donating $70.00.” Mayumi shared.
In addition to the masks, Sophia also makes matching lanyards to hold the masks when they are not being used. Sophia has also used her talents to make memorable gifts for her family members, creating a pink tie dye dress with a matching mask for mom for Mother’s Day.
“I’m happy that I was able to give back to the community in this small way and I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” Sophia said.
Sophia will continue her efforts to make masks in the months ahead. To purchase a mask from Sophia, visit her Instagram at @sophianhonda.