Using fabric and paper scraps can be trying sometimes but I find these beads just the ticket.
I cut paper or fabric into either rectangles or pointed shapes and wrap around plastic straws.
To hold I use dabs of glue.
Paper beads I often varnish or paint, tyvek beads I often paint then hit with a heat gun.
Fabric beads I usually wrap with fibers, maybe sew on beads.
I sometimes remove the straws, if needed they stay in place to give stability,
just cut with the scissors to trim.
I have dipped the paper beads into glue and sprinkled with glitter lately, glitz is in.
The jar looks cool with all the beads showing, I glued fabric to the lid and edged the lid with trim. Now I don't want to use the beads, they are too much pleasure to look at.
So will make another jar to use in my art. Busy, busy.