If you are doing a drive point well casing you should use a drive point screen.
This site has several different kinds: Dean Bennet Supply
If your bore hole is larger than the drive point (you aren't actually driving the screen into the sediment), it is a good idea to place clean silica sand around the screen and put a bentonite seal above the sand pack before back filling the hole.
Other screens you could use include slotted PVC and steel pipe screens, Wire-wrapped screens (except drive point wire-wrapped) are more for larger wells and are quite expensive. A good pipe supply company near you either has slotted screen or could get it for you. You can slot pipe with a hack saw or chop saw. This generally makes slots that are wide and allow sediment into the well. And most people get tired of cutting slots and don't make enough. If you were to slot your own pipe, wrap the outside of the pipe with a decent filter fabric.
I would strongly recommend against packing cloth around an open pipe as you suggested.